R. Stella Roberts

Born: Wed., Nov. 2, 1927
Died: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jan. 14, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home


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R. Estella “Stella” Roberts, age 91, of Pittsfield IL, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.  She was born on November 2, 1927 in Goliad, Texas to James and Bertha Wright Benham.  She married Benjamin Roberts on September 5, 1945 in Pittsfield, and he preceded her in death on October 7, 1987.

Stella worked at various places in the Pittsfield area including Ben Franklin, Brown Shoe factory, P.N. Hirsch department store, and the Farm and Home Store.  She later worked for the City of Pittsfield in the City Clerk’s office, retiring from there in 1986.  Stella attended the Pittsfield United Methodist Church.  She and Ben were original members of the Pittsfield Dance Club.  Stella was also a past President of the Pittsfield American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and worked on Legion Bingo nights for 30 years.  Stella loved bowling with her teams, both ladies’ teams and mixed doubles.  She bowled on organized leagues for 51 straight years, and participated in State and National bowling tournaments well into her late 80s.  She also enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin, playing Bingo, and making homemade candy.  Stella enjoyed travel throughout the United States.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn (David) Williamson of Washington IL, and Darla Roberts of Fountain Hills AZ; six grandchildren, Kent (Katrina) Wheelock, Tiffany Wheelock, Tony (Misty) Wheelock, Tracey (Brittany) Wheelock, David Williamson, and Sarah (Lee) Schlueter; sixteen great grandchildren, Shelby (Matt) Wheelock, Nathan Wheelock, Hannah (Josh) Trent, Levi (Ashley) Wheelock, Elijah Von Gunten, Seth Von Gunten, Taylor Wheelock, Carter Wheelock, Madison Wheelock, Jade Wheelock, Eliazar Wheelock, Isabelle Williamson, Layla Williamson, Landon Schlueter, and Savannah Schlueter; nine great great grandchildren, Maverick Brown, Kolton Carlisle, Liam Carlisle, Spencer Carlisle, Scarlett Wheelock, Arianna Tomkinson, Raeden Von Gunten, Ava Von Gunten, and Emma Von Gunten; and a sister, Wanda Senf of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha Benham; husband, Benjamin Roberts; brothers, James Benham and John Benham; and sister Bernice Kincaid.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield Bowling Association.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in R.'s memory to the following organization:

Pittsfield Bowling Association

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Leecia Hillebrenner
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
What a sweet sweet lady! Her positive disposition and her go-to-attitude were an inspiration. She will also be remembered for her wonderful baking skills especially her banana nut bread! My sympathies to the family. Stella will be greatly missed!

Debi Kinscheriff
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
I met Stella while she lived in the assistant living she was a very sweet lady we had our mom there in the Bounce Back and went over to tour the assistant living part and Stella let us in her room and talked to us we had a nice visit with her. She seemed like a fun loving person and very sweet. Sorry for your families loss.Sensing Prayers

Debbie Hazelrigg
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
R.I.P. sweet Estella. You were a dear sweet lady who will be sadly missed. you were Loved by so many . Sympathy to Darla and the rest of the family.
Peace be with you all. Debbie Hazelrigg LPN/LAB QMG






Estella Zilic
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
It was very sad to read of Stella's passing. I was proud to know her. I think we connected for one thing because of our first name. For awhile there were three who had the same first name. When we would happen to be in the same place at the same time we would make sure to call each other by name and laugh! Stella was a grand and lovely lady who I will miss.

Carolyn McKee
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019

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Linds Allen
   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
Darla...sending you hugs for the loss of your mom. Sounds like she led a fulfilling life. May she Rest In Peace and you find some comfort in your memories.

Ann (Borrowman) Bishop
   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
My sympathy to you, Darla, on the loss of your wonderful mother. It was my honor to have known such a strong, beautiful woman.

Ruth Ann (Hoover) Hinton
   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
What a wonderful lady Stella was! I was so happy to get reacquainted with her when my Mom, Evelyn Hoover, moved in across the hall from Stella in Hawthorne Inn. They also shared a table for meals there. When I visited it was fun to talk to Stella and eat meals with them both. Stella welcomed my Mom warmly and encouraged her to get settled in and exercise etc. Stella was a great role model in how to age gracefully and with the best attitude and joy for life! I send sincere sympathies to you Darla and Carolyn and family.

Patsy Miller
   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
I’ve bowled with Stella for many years. She was always full of spit n vinegar..a joy to be around. Stella will be missed by many!! My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Thinking of you,
Patsy Miller

Duska Shaw
   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
Dear Carolyn, Darla and family......My sympathy to you all in the sad loss of your mother. I am sorry I could not attend the visitation or funeral, but I was thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for you all. God bless you. Duska Shaw

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