Ermal Roberts

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XENIA — Ermal "Peg" Roberts, 91, of Xenia passed away at Hospitality Home East, July 15, 2014. She was born in Hamlin, West Virginia, June 3, 1923, the youngest child of Olen and Goldie Adkins. Peg graduated in 1941 from Hamlin High School, the first of her family to do so. Having spent her early years in Springfield, OH, and various areas of New Mexico with her parents, she finally was able to enter school in Hamlin at the age of nine. Peg actually did have to walk a mile uphill both ways to catch the school bus. Determined to further her education and get a "meaningful" job, she attended Huntington (WV) School of Business while staying with an aunt and uncle. Before leaving for a job in Washington, D.C., she came to Springfield to visit another aunt and uncle and cousin (Reba). Having heard that they were hiring at the Dayton Air Force Depot (now Wright-Patterson AFB), she applied and was hired as a clerk-stenographer. It was here that she met Gilbert Roberts, whom she married October 1, 1943. Peg became an instant mother to Jim, 5, whom she loved as her own child. Jim was 7 when he excitedly welcomed a sister, Connie. The family lived in Goes Station, Osborn (now Fairborn), and Clinton County (Kingman) before moving to Xenia in 1957. While Peg faced many health concerns her entire life, she always wanted to do what she could to help others. One of her first joys was to write book reports for a fellow classmate, Charles Yeager, who was interested in reading only books or manuals of a technical nature. He copied the reports and handed them to the English teacher who was aware of what was going on, but accepted it. "Chuck" went on to become the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound in the Bell X-1 on October 14, 1947. Peg's vision problems forced her to retire from DESC in 1973, where she had enjoyed being a procurement agent, having received commendations and awards for her cost-cutting habits. Peg was a member of the New Vienna Order of the Eastern Star and Faith Community United Methodist Church. "Her" church and serving her Lord gave her much pleasure. She enjoyed the Double I Sunday School Class, participating in United Methodist Women, organizing the Priscilla Circle for working women, beginning the cookie walk, contributing to the food pantry and annual United Methodist Men's garage sale, providing carnations for the ladies (and the men once) near Valentine's Day, and contributing financially to college students. One of her favorite projects was the seeds mission collected for the Jackson County area. Not satisfied to only contribute and collect seed packets of fruits and vegetables, she also paid the postage to send the packets collected. Her final project was to encourage those in the ministry by establishing the Peggy Roberts Scholarship at United Theological Seminary. Nothing pleased Peg more than to cook and bake to share with others. She would plan for days in anticipation of having family or friends come to visit. When her eyesight and health permitted she enjoyed travel (trips to Hawaii, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela were exceptional), reading, sewing, canning, decorating, shopping for the best quality at the lowest price, and silly parties at family Christmas gatherings. Peg also loved sunflowers, pink roses, dogs, and The Ohio State University. Peg survived cancer, blindness, being struck by lightning, an aortic dissection, severe injuries for a dog attack, 3 hip replacements, multiple spinal compression fractures, and losing most of her hearing from a shotgun blast close to her ears. Peg has been welcomed joyfully by those who have gone before her: her parents, twin brothers who died shortly before birth, Gilbert, Jim, and grandsons Mark and Allan Roberts. She is missed greatly by those she has left behind: daughter Connie Bowermeister, daughter-in-law Pat Roberts, three grandchildren Melissa (Bob) Stephenson, Tim (Lisa) Bowermeister, Susan Bowermeister, six great-grandchildren: Michael, Casey, and Hannah Roberts, and Jayme, Alex, and Lilly Willow Bowermeister. Special to Peg were her niece Betty Roberts Newell, cousins Pat Nicholas and Reba (Leroy) Niswoner and former son-in-law David Bowermeister. The funeral service will be held Friday, July 18, at Faith Community United Methodist Church at 11am with Rev. Bradford G. Olson officiating. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10am. Burial will follow at Valley View Memorial Gardens. After the service a lunch will be provided at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith Community United Methodist Church, 100 Country Club Dr., Xenia, OH, 45385, the OSU Havener Eye Institute Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 915 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH, 43121, or to the Peggy Roberts Scholarship, United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger, Rd., Dayton, OH, 45426. Peg's family gratefully acknowledge the care given by Peg's doctors, Nikki, Marlene, and all the caregivers at Hospitality Home East, and those special caregivers Lavonne Ritenour, Ruth Weaver (and pianist nephew Darrell), and Fran Clevenger (go Mountaineers!). Condolences may be made to the family at

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Published in Xenia Daily Gazette from July 16 to July 17, 2014
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