1945 - 2013
Lynn Smith-Roberts, a librarian in the Sacramento Public Library system and avid mystery reader, passed away on April 2 from complication of cancer. Lynn was a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries.
Lynn Smith-Roberts was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 30, 1945, a descendent of Missionaries to Hawaii from the 1830's. She attended the University of Redlands in California, where she majored in English and Theater, received her MLS from U.C.L.A., and joined the faculty at U.C. Riverside as a Serials Librarian. During her tenure at UCR Lynn authored one book and co-authored a second book on cataloging serial publications, and wrote several monographs on other library-related subjects.
A long-time theater devotee, Ms. Smith-Roberts worked on over 50 plays, mostly as a costumer, stage manager, or assistant director, and she also appeared in several plays. It was through her interest in theater that Lynn met her husband James Roberts. They were married in 1985, and over the years they worked on dozens of plays together.
Ms. Smith-Roberts returned to school at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. She received her Masters of Divinity and was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister, and served churches in Bismarck, ND, Quincy, IL, and Macomb IL. In North Dakota Lynn served as a member of the Governor's Committee on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, which was instrumental in recognizing King's birthday as a holiday. In Illinois Ms. Smith-Roberts ran a support group for persons with AIDS and was an AIDS educator for World AIDS Day events, and was active in the Quincy and Macomb chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
In 1999 Lynn Smith-Roberts joined the staff of the Sacramento Public Library, and worked at the Main Branch, Southgate, Carmichael, and the Rancho Cordova branches. She had a love a reading and read everything from history, religion, philosophy, sociology, and fiction, to quantum physics, but her favorite was mysteries. Lynn led a monthly mystery reader discussion group at the Rancho Cordova Library as well as teaching classes in quilling and creating end papers for books.
Lynn's love of reading was matched by her love of nature, and she could often be found enjoying the flowers and wildlife in the parks along the American River.
Lynn Smith-Roberts Born: September 30, 1945
Died: April 2, 2013
Survived by: husband James Roberts, step-children Nicholas Roberts and Theresa Roberts, her brother Maj. Dale Smith, and several nieces and nephews
Services: Monday, April 22 at 2:00 pm in Riverbend Park in Rancho Cordova, north on Rod Beaudry off of Folsom Blvd., two blocks east of the Rancho Cordova Public Library on Folsom Blvd. Directional signs will be posted. A $5 fee per car is required by the Sacramento Parks and Recreation District.
Remembrances: In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the
or the Friends of the Sacramento Public
Published on Sacbee.com from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2013