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Joan Roberts


1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Joan Roberts Obituary
Joan Roberts went peacefully to rest with Jesus, after a brief hospice in her home in Albuquerque, on November 28, 2014, at the age of 77.
She was born Joan Lou Williams on August 11, 1937, in Winslow, AZ, to Hurchell Raymond and Dora May Brizendine Williams.
After having lived all of her life standing on the corner in Winslow, AZ, she fell in love with a handsome itinerant carpenter-cowboy who was passing through town, Leslie Jewel Roberts. They married in Holbrook, AZ on July 29, 1955. They followed the work and the rodeos until Joan said they had to settle down somewhere to raise their family, JoDee Lee Ann, born July 1, 1956, Toy Omega La Rue, born December 10, 1958, and Melodee Theone, born June 19, 1960.
They made their home in Phoenix, AZ, where Les and Joan made their profession of faith, July 31, 1960 and became active in the Southern Baptist Church. Always an avid reader and lover of books, Joan was instrumental in setting up the first library at Love Baptist Church. She and Les also worked teaching preschoolers. It was during this time that they lost their baby, Toy to meningitis. The family moved back to Winslow in 1962 and worked toward opening up their own business, Roberts Roofing and Remodeling, of which Joan was secretary and bookkeeper. Joan and Les held leadership roles in Sunday School, Womans Missionary Union, Brotherhood and deaconship at First Baptist Church. Again, Joan led out in revamping and refurbishing the existing library, while taking church library courses. Joan and Les felt led to leave the main church to establish a mission church in a suburb that was being built. Of course, Joan established the first library in the new Desert View Baptist Church. She also began taking courses by mail to complete her secondary education.
In 1973, Joan and Les relocated the family and the business to Portales, NM, to be closer to his aging mother. Joan graduated with her high school diploma from National Schools in 1974 and enrolled in Eastern New Mexico University to study Library Science. She attended three years at the university and was a New Mexico Certified Librarian - Level I and II, working at the Portales Public Library from 1973-1978. While putting herself through college, she graduated one daughter with a teaching degree and another with a nursing degree.
At the same time, she continued to do the books for her husbands business, manage a home and lead, teach, and organize the library in the University Baptist Church. When Les mother needed caregiving, Les and Joan moved to Tucumcari, NM to be with her. Joan found great joy in providing that comfort to her mother-in-law until she passed away. She continued to be the office manager for their business, a total of 30 years, 1965-1995.
She continued to be active in Womens Ministries, in Sunday School and as a Deacon's wife at three different churches, First Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church and Immanuel Baptist Church. She even served as a custodian at FBC from 1998-2002.
Even with this busy life, she somehow managed to enjoy a good book and a cup of tea. These accomplishments would be amazing enough, yet Joan persevered in the face of being a three-time cancer survivor, having open-heart surgery, back surgery and knee replacements. She was an extraordinary woman.
Joan moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004 to live with her daughter and provide care for Les, who had Alzheimer's disease. When she was widowed in July of 2005, she sold her home in Tucumcari and moved in permanently with her daughter and son-in-law. She became a member of the Promise Community Church, started their Silver Sister's group and was active in church life. She participated in community outreach, benevolent ministries and Bible studies. She volunteered at the John Adams Middle School Library. She was part of a movie discussion group at New Life City. She spent time at the Bio Park and Zoo. She enjoyed her friends. She cherished her grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved green chili. She read books. She worked puzzles. She embraced life.
This legacy she leaves to her daughter and son-in-law, JoDee and John Scholz of Albuquerque, NM, daughter and son-in-law, Melodee and Jeff Smith of Kellogg, IA, Grandson and Granddaughter-in-law, Joel and Tracey Scholz of Wheatridge, CO, Grandson and Granddaughter-in-law, Jeremy and LaDonna Scholz of Bennett, CO, Grandson, Sergeant Kevin Nathaniel Smith of Ft. Lewis, WA, and Grandson, Aaron Patrick Smith of Austin, TX, sister-in-law, Patricia Douglas of Modesto, CA and nine wonderful great grandchildren.
Joan Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie J. Roberts, her baby daughter, Toy Omega La Rue, her sister, Frances Louise McAllister, and her parents, Hurchell and Dora May Williams.
A Homegoing Celebration will be held for Joan Roberts on Friday, December 5, 2014, at the Promise Community Church, 3803 Atrisco Drive NW, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM. There will be a viewing at 9:00 am and the service at 10:00 am followed by a fellowship dinner (potluck).
A Homegoing Reunion Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Noon, Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery, Tucumcari, New Mexico. The graveside service will be followed by a fellowship meal.
Please visit Joan's online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com .
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (505) 764-9663
Published in the Quay County Sun on Dec. 10, 2014
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