ABILENE Roberta Ann Watters, 73, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, IN a local hospital in Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 S., Abilene, TX. Burial will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the funeral home. Roberta was born June 29, 1941, to Robert Lawrence Watters and Elsie Irene Eckert Watters in Brady, Texas. They lived on a ranch in Kimble County. She and her parents moved to their farm in McCulloch County and later to San Angelo. She graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1959, San Angelo Junior College in 1961, and Texas Woman's University with a Bachelor of Science in 1963, and Master of Science in 1967. She was an outstanding 4-H Club member winning many awards and scholarships including the Texas Make-With-Wool Contest. In 1963, she became employed by the Cooperative Extension Service working in Coleman, Crane, and Taylor Counties, coming to Abilene in 1969. Her career touched many lives, both adult and youth, by educating the public through media, public meetings and individual contacts. She became well-known throughout the area from the five-year "Extension Line" daily television show on KRBC-TV that she shared with her co-worker Joe Wilson, as well as numerous appearances on "The Harry Holt Show" and other shows. During her career she received numerous service awards, such as Superior Service Award from Texas A&M University, Distinguished Service Award from National Extension Agents Association and Distinguished Service Award from the Middle Clear Fork Soil and Water Conservation. She has been recognized by state and national officials. Roberta was a founding board member of The Abilene Food Bank, served on the boards of the Abilene Woman's Club and Taylor County Expo Center, and chairman of the Modern Living Mall at the West Texas Fair. She and her family have been supporters of youth agencies for years in Abilene. Through the years she was very active in church serving as church organist, pianist, church council president and secretary, taught Bible studies and worked with youth and women's groups. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. After her retirement in 1995, she managed her farm, ranch, and rental properties. She was a cancer survivor and received a liver transplant in 1999. She cared for her parents and in 2010 moved to Wesley Court, where she had many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Elsie and Robert Watters. Survivors include her cousins, Norman Probst and wife Marian of Early, Darrell Probst and wife Carolyn of Bryan, Jan Schlee and husband Jay of Clyde, Allan Eckert and wife Carolyn of Kingsville and Larry Watters and wife Lanka of Austin; and an aunt, Minnie Myers of Beeville, Texas. You may view and sign the guestbook at www.elliott-hamil.com.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2014