Shirley Irene Roberts, daughter of the late Lucy (Lambourne) Yager and Charles Yager, was born in St. Louis on Oct. 14, 1939.
At an early age Shirley moved to the Rocky Creek community, between Rocky Falls and the Shut-Ins. She passed away at her residence in Ellington, on Sept. 23, 2017, at the age of 77.
On Oct. 15, 1955, in Eminence, Shirley was united in marriage to Jackie Roberts and to this loving union four sons were born. He preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2016. Shirley was a member of the Ellington First Baptist Church. Shirley’s hobbies included taking care of family, reading, and working cross word puzzles, gardening and spending time on Current River. Shirley was famous for her amazing peach cobbler. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years; four brothers, Barney Yager, Leonard Yager, James Russell and Robert Russell.
Shirley is survived by her four sons, Steven Roberts of Ellington, Wesley (Nancy) Roberts of Ellington, Mark (Diane) Roberts of Ellington, Phillip (Christy) Roberts of Ellington; seven grandchildren, Franklin Roberts, Brandon Roberts, Jarid Roberts, Hilary (Roberts) Wilson, Jonathan Roberts, Rachel (Roberts) Hampton and Cole Roberts; nine great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Bob Russell of Winona and Harold Yager of South Bend, Ind.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and funeral services on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at McSpadden Funeral Home; with Pastor Jim Stewart officiating; and music provided by Beverly Roberts, Geraldine Rains and Friends Pickin’. Burial was in Ellington Memorial Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Franklin Roberts, Brandon Roberts, Jarid Roberts, John Roberts, Cole Roberts, Stephen Wilson and Andrew Hampton.
Arrangements were under the direction of McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.