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Zuella Louise ("Bo") Roberts

Zuella Louise ("Bo") Roberts, 94, of Amarillo, TX, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Amarillo, TX.

Bo was born on the family cattle ranch near Endee, NM, to Claire Lavant Bowe, Sr. and Zula Rogers Bowe on April 10, 1923. She graduated from the Endee School in 1940 and then went to West Texas State Teacher's College (now West Texas A&M) in Canyon, TX, for one year. She transferred to Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, majoring in Business Education with a minor in English, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Education.

While living in Las Vegas, she met Theodore ("Ted") Roberts, who was also studying at Highlands University, and they married on April 5, 1944. Shortly thereafter, Ted served in the Army for two years during WWII. After the war, the couple moved to Albuquerque, NM, where Ted finished his Degree at the University of New Mexico, and Bo taught 9th grade English. In 1948, daughter, Judith Helene, was born while they were there, and two years later they moved to Ft. Worth, TX, so Ted could attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1952, they returned to Albuquerque, where Ted worked for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, and their son, Daniel Kay, was born. In 1953, they moved to Roswell and Ted was employed by First Baptist Church there. Bo returned to teaching until their third child, Karla Rue, was born in 1956. In 1959, they returned to Albuquerque with Ted being on staff at First Baptist Church Albuquerque. Bo stayed home to raise the children and returned to substitute teaching as they got older. Then in 1966, the family moved to Lomita, CA, for Ted to be on staff at Narbonne Ave Baptist Church. Bo returned to full time teaching there for the next five years. In 1971, they returned to Albuquerque, where Ted was employed by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico as Business Administrator, and remained until Ted retired (1986) as well as 11 more years. In 1997, they became residents of The Craig Retirement Center in Amarillo and were there 20+ years.

Bo is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore K. Roberts; parents, Claire & Zula Bowe; sister Zanella Bowe Fuqua, and brother C.L. Bowe, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Roberts Wood Hooks, her husband RB; son, Daniel Kay Roberts, his wife, Mary; daughter, Karla Roberts Long, her husband, Ernest. Grandchildren include: Kimberly Wood Broadhurst; Coy Roberts, Cody Roberts, Kristi Roberts, Andy Luikens, Jamie Luikens Cross; Melany Long Pearce, Austin Long. Bo is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Services, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79109 (806-355-8156) on Thursday, Oct 26, from 7:00-8:00pm. The funeral service will be held Friday, October 27, 2017, at 10:00am in the Boxwell Brothers Chapel, with Rev. Howard Batson, Pastor of First Baptist Church Amarillo, officiating. Burial will follow at San Jon Cemetery in San Jon, NM, for the family following the services.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 25, 2017
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