Mary Roberts

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Mary Roberts died Monday (Jan. 20, 2014) in Quincy.

She was born June 16, 1920, in Brown County, the daughter of George Garfield and Minnie Agnes McClelland Roberts.

She grew up on a farm in Brown County, and attended the one room country school of "Sunny Hill". Mary graduated from Brown County High School in Mount Sterling with the class of 1938. Mary then attended the Blessing Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1941. In 1942, she began her career as a nurse in the operating room with the Pike County Hospital in Louisiana, Mo.

In January 1944, Mary enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and was stationed at Santa Margarita Ranch Naval Hospital inside Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif. From there Mary served at the Naval Dispensary at the Marine Corps Air Depot at Camp Miramar, San Diego, Calif. Mary also service at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital at Great Lakes. Ill. On July 30, 1946, Mary was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Service with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. In August of 1959, Mary transferred to the Retired Reserve with the rank of lieutenant.

In 1947, Mary relocated to Chicago and worked with Cook County Hospital, where she was head nurse of pediatrics for five years. In 1952, she joined the Rheumatic Fever Research Institute, in Chicago, a project sponsored by Northwestern University. Then in 1958, Mary began her long career with the Northwestern University School of Medicine, on the Chicago campus. She was a medical research technologist in the Department of Medicine Infectious Diseases with Dr. Stollerman, and Allergy Immunology Laboratories with Dr. Patterson. Mary prepared manuscripts for publication in critically reviewed scientific journals. She co-authored a book about Allergic Bronco Pulmonary Aspergillosis. Mary also attended Loyola University's Chicago campus for advanced courses. In 1996 Northwestern University Chicago Campus honored Mary as employee of the year. Mary retired from Northwestern University in 1997 and relocated to Quincy.

Mary was a member of the Vermont Street United Methodist Church, in Quincy and participated in the Agape Sunday school class and United Methodist Women. Mary was also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and an avid golfer.

Survivors include two sisters, Maxine Wallace of Paris, Texas and Florence Bottorff of Rushville; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Roberts of San Diego; six nieces and nephews, Barbara (Richard) Huntley of Loraine, Robert Bottorff of Rushville, Steven (Brenda) Bottorff of Rushville, Jean Wittner of Hoffman Estates, and Jo Anne (Ragan) Rodgers of Paris, Texas, and Judy Roberts of Timewell, and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George Leon Roberts and William Melvin Roberts; a sister, Norma Jean Wittner, and a nephew, George Christy Roberts.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Vermont Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Scott Grulke conducting. Burial will be in the Mount Sterling City Cemetery in Mount Sterling.

VISITATION: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Vermont Street United Methodist Church.

MEMORIALS: Vermont Street United Methodist Church

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy

WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com

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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2014
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