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Ethie Lela Roberts

Ethie Lela Roberts, age 89, of Cove, Arkansas died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at her home. She was born on Tuesday, August 12, 1924 to Pack Haines and Sarah Belle Barnett Ham in Goodlett, Texas.

Ethie-Roberts-Pic-1Ethie was a proud wife of twenty year army veteran Elmer Roberts. She loved to provide for her cherished family. She loved cooking, sewing and canning. She loved working in her flower beds, watching the birds and hummingbirds from her window. She loved to go bowling and play dominoes. Her greatest enjoyment came from raising her family and loved spoiling her grandchildren. Ethie believed that we should always trust in the Lord and to love. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Cove where she served as a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. She loved cooking for potlucks and gatherings; she was known for her delicious turkey and dressing and fried chicken. Ethie was a loving mother, grandmother and friend, and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Elmer Roberts; two sons Loyd Roberts and Carl Roberts; eight brothers David Ham, Frank Ham, Odie Ham, Wallace Ham, Earnest Ham, Warren Ham, Henry Ham, and Paul Ham; two sisters Maddie Roberts and Saddie Finch.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by one son and daughter-in-law John and Celia Roberts of Cove; five daughters Kay Scheppmann of Cove, Fay Bernardin of Cove, Brenda Kennedy of Mena, Sally Ward of Boliver, Missouri and Sharon Roberts of Cove; one brother Harold Ham of Acorn; twenty three grandchildren; forty seven great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cove with Brother Ron Ladd officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, C/O Sharon Ricks, 160 East Barton, Cove, Arkansas 71937.

Pallbearers are Kenneth Bernardin, Keith Roberts, Troy Scheppmann, Jeremy Baughman, Justin Ward, Dennis Walker, Joshua Scheppmann, Daniel Bernardin, Zack Chaquca, Caleb Chaquca and Colton Kennedy.

Honorary pallbearers are Mrs. Roberts’ remaining grandchildren.

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