Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister
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NEW IPSWICH, NH -- Joan E. (Wilson) Roberts, 79, of New Ipswich, NH, formerly of Townsend, MA, died Friday, November 9, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family.
"She had occasional flashes of silence that made her conversations perfectly delightful."
Joan was born in Woonsocket, RI, July 31, 1933, the daughter of David and Edna (Heath) Wilson, and resided many years in Townsend before moving to New Ipswich 26 years ago. She grew up in Westford and was a 1950 graduate of Westford Academy.
She leaves her husband of 61 years, Fred S. Roberts Sr; three sons, Fred Roberts Jr. and fiancée. Barbara King of East Corinth, ME, Michael Roberts and companion, Deb Honkala of Townsend, Dennis Roberts and his wife, Susan of Leominster; four daughters, Linda Roberts of Bennington, NH, Bethany Molter and husband, Butch of Ashby, Heidi Johnson and husband, John of New Ipswich, NH, Margaret Strickland and husband, Randy of Branford, CT; two brothers, David Wilson and wife, Elsie of Westford, Ralph Wilson and wife, Barbara of Ayer; 16 grandchildren, Melonie Fetterman, Heather Roberts, Melissa Senecal, Tim Roberts, Corine Farnsworth, Kimberly Leano, Jodie and Jill Nickerson, Justin and Craig Roberts, Darrell Gyles, Carrissa, April and Erik DeBettencourt, Aaron and Lawrence Doucette; three step grandchildren, Todd and Erin Molter, Michelle Strickland; 24 great-grandchildren, Emma, Grace, Matthew, Alydia, Deshaun, Cody, Hannah, Olivia, Gwen, Evin, Chloe, Isabelle, Jackson, Dexter, Samantha, Elizabeth, Makayla, Leana, Mason, Evan, Brennan, Trystan, Lilianna and Taegan; very special people, Kathy Donaldson, June Archer and Joanne Caldwell.
She was predeceased by her infant grandson, Patrick DeBettencourt; two brothers, Russell and Ernest Wilson.
Joan worked at Abbott Worsted in Forge Village before starting her family on the Whitcomb Farm in Littleton. In 1963, the family moved to Townsend where she was "a mother" to many of the neighborhood children on South Row Road, while raising her own family. From 1970 to 1985, she owned and helped operate the family farm in West Townsend. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and playing the piano. But the "center of her life" was her family. A beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. She will be sadly missed and always cherished by her loved ones.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Jaffrey, NH who went above and beyond to grant Joan's wishes.
ROBERTS -- A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 14, 2012, at Bellevue Cemetery, Still River Road, Harvard. Calling hours are 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tues., at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main St., (Rte. 119), Townsend Center. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 11, 2012