Betty J. Roberts

    Betty J. (White) Roberts, 92, Decatur, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
    She was born July 12, 1922, in Decatur, to the late Homer L. and Nellie Ethyln (Myers) White.
    She married Rev. Charles Ellsworth Roberts in 1947, and they pastored and travelled doing evangelism until returning to Decatur in 1954; he passed away in 1969.
    She graduated from Monroe High School and went on to college in Dayton, Ohio where she received a degree from business school.
   As a young girl she, along with her mother and sisters, moved to her grandparents’ farm in Blue Creek Township. She had many remembrances of life growing up with the special love of her grandparents, Josiah and Rosie Myers.
   Over her years living in Decatur she worked for the Shaffer Wholesale Company, the Wayne Novelty Company and most recently the Decatur Public Library.
    Betty loved gospel music; she was a musician and over the years sang solos, participated in choirs, played piano and organ, most recently for her home church, Union Chapel United Methodist.
    She is survived by her son, William Ellsworth Roberts; a son-in-law, Joseph A. Flores of Portland, Ore.; two grandsons, William and Brent (Vanessa) Roberts; two great-grandsons, Blake and Spencer; and a great-granddaughter, Brittany, all of the Dayton area.
    She is also survived by her step-son, Charles (Cindy) Roberts of Fort Wayne; a step-daughter-in-law, Enid Ripley Roberts of Columbus; and a step-granddaughter, Joyce (Eric) Black of Fort Wayne.
    Of her four siblings, her youngest sister, Berdetta Jo Daniels of Huntington, survives. Barbara Rose Leistner, Cleora Eileen Daniels and Beverly Sue Stetler are deceased.
    Betty loved her life, full of activity, family and friendships. She always appreciated the kindness and generosity of every person she came in contact with: her Bible study-prayer groups, co-workers at the library, and friends Tony and Ruth, who did so much for her. She loved spending time with and talking long distance if necessary to her multitude of nieces and nephews.
    Mom, grandma, sister, aunt, friend … Betty will be missed.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, with Pastor Ed Karges officiating. Burial will be in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose, Ohio.
    Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
    Memorials are to Union Chapel UMC or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. Online condolences may be made at