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Roberts, Grace H. Grace H. Roberts, who taught in the Galveston, Texas school system for more than twenty-eight years, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, August 27th at her home in the island community. She had happily celebrated her 96th birthday just two weeks earlier. Born in Texarkana, Texas on August 14, 1915, Mrs. Roberts was the eldest daughter and one of five children born to the Reverend H. G. M. Hatler and Grace Aline Parris, both of Melissa, Texas. A Phi Theta Kappa at Bethel Women's College in Kentucky, she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1938 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and World History. She subsequently earned dual Master of Arts degrees in English Literature and Education at Spaulding University in Louisville, Kentucky and began her long career of teaching in Hazard, Kentucky in the fall of 1940. Twelve years later, Mrs. Roberts moved with her own family to Galveston, where she first taught at Lovenberg Junior High School and then at Ball High School until her retirement in 1980. At Ball High, she was chairman of the English department during the last fifteen years of her tenure there. Known affectionately by many generations of Galveston students as "Amazing Grace," throughout her long life she received frequent visits, phone calls and letters from former pupils of all ages living in every part of the world. Mrs. Roberts married Thomas Craig Roberts of Hazard, Kentucky on December 21st, 1940; they had one son, born in 1942. Her husband, a veteran of World War II, passed away in Galveston in 1969. Mrs. Roberts is survived by a younger brother, Houston E. Hatler, of Atlanta, Georgia; her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Roberts, Jr., of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and several thousand men and women who owe their command of the English language and their love of reading to the time they spent in her classroom. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no visitation, and funeral services will be held in private. Those who would like to honor her life may do so by making a contribution to the Grace Roberts Memorial College Scholarship Fund, which has been established for deserving Ball High School students. Donations can be made by check, payable to the "Galveston ISD" and mailed to: Grace Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ms. Megan Mallory, Galveston ISD, P.O. Box 660, Galveston, TX 77553. All checks should include the notation "Grace Roberts Scholarship Fund." J. LEVY & TERMINI FUNERAL HOME 409-763-4621

Published in Dallas Morning News on Sept. 4, 2011
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