UNION CITY, Ind. - Roberta Louise Bennett, 85, Union City, Ind., passed away the night of Oct. 31, 2013, at Pine Knoll Rehabilitation from complications of metastasized breast cancer.
Roberta was born Aug. 25, 1928, in Greenville to Roy and Cuba Kester. She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 62 years, Gene R. Bennett.
Survivors include four daughters: Beth Bennett, Becky Bennett, Louise Lingner (Terry), Carol Jenkinson; four grandsons: Carson Jenkinson, Taylor Jenkinson, Christopher Lingner, Cory Lingner. In addition, her two sisters, Marilee Stites (Jim) and Carol Certain (Ron) and their families all survive.
Roberta graduated from Greenville High School in 1946 and received her B.S. and master's degrees in Elementary Education from Ball State University in 1950 and 1964. She first began teaching in Union City in her own basement on the corner of Oak and High with a Nursery School and then finished her career with 30 years of teaching kindergarten. She had a vibrant love of music and the arts which she filled her life and classrooms with.
Known as the "Energizer Bunny," Roberta was extremely community service oriented. She loved her Union City! She worked on the City Council, Beautification Committee, Art Association, YMCA Board, Park Board, Youth Salute Selection Committee, Share The Arts Program Coordinator, Voting Precinct Volunteer, and was a sorority member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Theta Tau, and Alpha Chi Omega. She single-handedly championed the campaign for the Jeremiah Smith monument to be built on the library lawn to honor the founder of Union City.
Roberta was a very talented musician. She played the cello, bass and guitar and sang in a professional singing group called The Triads. She was a loving and loyal member of the First Christian Church for over 60 years where she was always involved with the choirs and musical directing. She was also a very skilled and sought after "teeth puller."
Her favorite past times included world traveling, Over the Teacup Book Club and sharing her extensive home library, fishing, cross country skiing, crossword puzzles, games of all kinds, quilting, sewing costumes, lake time, flowers, and sitting on her front porch.
A joyous, enthusiastic community leader; a proud, loving, supportive mother, wife and grandmother; a tireless volunteer; and a beautiful, talented friend; she is cherished and will be so missed.
The family will conduct a memorial service to celebrate Roberta on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at The First Christian Church, 422 W. Oak St., Union City, Ind. Donations can be made in Roberta's name in lieu of flowers to: Randolph County YMCA or Community Foundation of Randolph County, 213 S.Main St., Winchester, IN 47394 NOTE: "The Roberta Bennett Memorial Scholarship"