Mom was ushered into Heaven at home in the presence of her loving family. We were honored to be at mom’s side, for she brought us into this world and we were at her side as she ascended into Heaven. She was cremated according to her wishes. A private family burial of her ashes will be Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at South Park Cemetery.
Roberta was born April 16, 1932, in Kirksville, Mo. Her parents were Dr. L.D. Barbour and Kay Barbour. Her parents preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her brother John Barbour.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Maurice Willis, of Roswell; sons, Stephen Willis and wife Paula, of Roswell, Dr. Donald Willis, of Roswell and John Willis and wife Samantha, of Las Cruces; daughter Leaslee Neff and husband Edsel, of Roswell; brother Dr. L.J. Barbour and wife Nancy, of Roswell; sister Donna Kay Fergeson and husband Ted, of Midland, Texas. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Shannon Willis, Erika Willis, Steven Willis, Sean Willis, Jaren Willis, Jason Willis, Chris Neff, Alycia Neff, Cameron Neff, Jeremiah Willis, Myranda Willis, Jalyn Willis and Charitee Willis.
Roberta was a lifelong resident of Roswell. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church and for the past 15 years she attended Christ’s Church. She was a past member of the Roswell Assistance League. Roberta traveled with her husband throughout his military career and spent the majority of her time as a super fan of her kids and grandkids. She would attend as many activities as her kids and grandkids participated in. Roberta was an avid Packer fan. She could do anything with arts and crafts and was an outstanding cook. Her arts and crafts were very unique and creative, everyone looked forward to receiving them. Christmas was especially her favorite time of the year. Every family member had their own special stocking, even the dogs. She will greatly be missed, but her love and memories will be cherished forever. We look forward to the day that we will all be reunited in Heaven. The tears of grief we shared today will be replaced with tears of joy.
There is a Friend whose heart I know,
Her heart with me everywhere I go.
Moms faith so strong for her family,
Bound that faith to justify in me.
In her eyes there is Hope she can see,
Despite my faults, much good in me.
Moms Love pure as the most beautiful day,
With all my Love I wish to repay.
So selfless my Mother, my Angel Divine,
My debt to you eternal, dear Mother mine…
Your Loving Family
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the charitable organization of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home & Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com