Wilma J. Roberts, age 84, of Mt. Vernon, passed away 12:59 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
Wilma was born in Cravat on March 15, 1929, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Wallis) Hoeinghaus. She married Raymond Roberts on June 1, 1946, in New Minden; he preceded her in death May 8, 1969.
Mrs. Roberts was a member of Fouts Christian Church. Wilma worked as a bookkeeper for Mt. Vernon Elevator, Maco Elevator and Irvington Elevator until retirement after 30 years of service.
She loved to cook. She helped cook at the soup kitchen for several years at Central Christian Church. She didn't like to see any food wasted and didn't want anyone to go hungry. She was a big fan of old western movies and cowboy shows. Some of her best times in retirement was traveling out west to many of the national parks and the Rocky Mountains with her son Larry. She will forever be missed by friends and family and all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her three sons, Ronald G. Roberts and wife Becky of Odin, Larry W. Roberts of Mt. Vernon and Kenneth R. Roberts and wife Jan of Mt. Vernon; one nephew, Danny Hoeinghaus and wife Janette of Kinmundy; two nieces, Mary Helen Niehaus and her late husband Orville of Centralia and Sandy Isenberg of Pekin; nine grandchildren, Richard Roberts of Waverly, Tenn., Melanie Phelps of Centralia, Lori Roberts of Hazelwood, Mo., Brian Roberts and wife Stacie of Odin, Tiffany Roberts and special friend Damon DeBoer of Odin, Sarah McLain and special friend Christian Chekroun of Charleston, S.C., Amanda Roberts of Edwardsville, Alana May of St. Louis, and Kayla May of Mt. Vernon; 13 great-grandchildren; and also 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter; two brothers, Harry Hoeinghaus and Gilbert Hoeinghaus; and three sisters, Eunice Berkey, Goldie Sligar and Virginia Kelley.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Fouts Christian Church, 1629 E. Dix/Irvington Rd., Centralia, with Pastors Randy Sells, Howard Kraps and Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia.
Friends may call at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday.
For those wishing, memorials may be made to Fouts Christian Church and will be accepted at the Funeral Home.
For more information call Newell Funeral Home at 246-0100 or visit online at www.newellfuneralhome.com for on-line obituary and online condolences.