Nancy E. (Alexander) Roper (1920 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE – Nancy E. Roper, 92 years old, of Independence, died on Tuesday, May 14, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. She was born on May 30, 1920, in Harleton, Texas, the daughter of William Lee and Emma Lee (Smith) Alexander. She attended school in Texas. On July 17, 1937, she and Loyce Cleveland Smith were married in Jefferson, Texas. They later divorced. In May of 1950, she and Horce Childress were married in Texarkana, Ark. They were also divorced. On October 28, 1954, she and Jesse William Roper were married in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death in 1978. Mrs. Roper was a psychiatric aide at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for 28 years. She retired in 1982.
Mrs. Roper is survived by two sons, Raymond L. (Judy) Smith and Jimmy D. (Debbie) Roper, both of Independence, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, William Smith, Rodger Smith, and Randy Childress, three grandchildren, Kimberly Smith, Agnes Roper, and Anthony Roper, and three brothers.
Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at Oakwood Cemetery in Independence. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from May 16 to June 1, 2013