Willie Mae "Bill" Roberts, age 75, of Erie, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at UPMC Hamot.
She was born in Canton, Mississippi on June 19, 1939, a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Lurender Young Roberts.
She was a very active member of Morning Star Baptist Church, where she was on the kitchen Committee and the Missionary Board until she had to step down due to her health.
Willie Mae was a fun loving, free loving person, who loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning, gardening, going on walks and riding around the peninsula.
She was a great grandmother to all her grandchildren, and she raised her oldest grandchild, Omar Terrell Roberts. She also helped raise her nephew Lee Andrew Roberts.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Anderson Roberts, two aunts, Tecora Davis and Lonnie Mae Simpson, a niece, Dorothy Ann Stouall, a great granddaughter, Jacentea Goudy, a great niece Marshall Stovall and a brother in law, Raymond Johnson, whom she was best buddies with.
Willie Mae leaves to cherish her memory, four children, Ruben Roberts (Ella), Caroly Roberts-Stouall (Robert), Dean Edward Roberts (Michelle), and Sondra Bernadette Moffatt (DeWitt); three brothers, Walter Roberts, Charlie Roberts and Calvin Jackson; three sisters, Doris Johnson, Christine Cooley, and Jeanette Jackson, all of Erie; 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was especially close to her niece Shirley Johnson, and her nephew Frank Johnson, who always called her, Bill.
Friends may call at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 327 East 23rd Street, Erie, PA 16503, on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m., with Rev Amos Goodwine, officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 W. 10th Street Erie, PA 16502.
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 14, 2014