Lowanda Livingston Roberts, 88, of Midland, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2012, at Bickford Cottage of Midland.
Lowanda was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Bement, Ill., to the late Raymon and Barbara Livingston. She was the oldest of five. She attended high school in Monticello, Ill., and graduated in the class of 1941. She studied one year at Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Ill. She was employed as a clerk-typist by the Kankakee Ordinance Works in Joliet, Ill., where she met her future husband, and later at the U.S. Rubber Company in Detroit. She married Charles B. Roberts, her husband of 66 years, on April 21, 1946. Lowanda was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
From 1951-1953, Lowanda was a substitute teacher in typing, home economics, and secretarial practice at Black Rock High School in Black Rock, Ark., where her husband was a teacher and principal. She began working at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1953 as a secretary in the Dairy Science Department, where she helped support her husband through graduate school at University of Illinois. They moved their family to Midland in 1956.
Lowanda began working as a church secretary/office manager at Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1965, retiring in 1983, finally realizing her "missionary" dream from younger years. She became an honorary member of the Program Agency of the United Presbyterian Church in January of 1976, given in recognition of her Christian service. She continued her service to the Lord through her membership at Memorial Presbyterian Church, King's Daughters, and MPC Women's Association. She enjoyed music, square dancing, spending time with special friends, and traveling with her husband and family.
Lowanda is survived by her loving husband, Charles B. Roberts of Midland; daughter Carol (John) Hall of Grand Blanc; son, Daniel R. Roberts, of Midland; and special daughter-in-law, Marilyn Roberts, of Gainesville, Fla. Lowanda was preceded in death by her older son, Raymon, in 2006. She is also survived by adored grandchildren, Michael Patrick Hall of Belleville, and Jeffrey R. Hall of Knoxville, Tenn.; also three stepgrandchildren, Steven, David, and Michael Kuck, all of Florida; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Lacey. Also surviving are her special sister, Barbara (Teddy) McCoy of Dandridge, Tenn.; brother, Richard (Mary) Livingston of Waller, Texas; and many special nieces and nephews. Lowanda was preceded in death by a brother, Blake Livingston; and a sister, Patricia Livingston.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Memorial Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. The Rev. Wallace H. Mayton III will officiate, with graveside burial following at Midland Cemetery. Lowanda's family will receive friends at the church from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation in Lowanda's name to Memorial Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors. www.waresmithwoolever.com