Roberta Jewell Berry, lifelong Kay County resident, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 28, 2018 in Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 72.
The daughter of Glenn William Lines and Edith Marie Dowler Lines, Roberta was born Feb. 5, 1946 in Newkirk. She spent her early years in Newkirk and began her education in the little red brick school house with 33 other eager first graders. When she was in the third grade, she and her family moved to Blackwell where she continued her education.
In 1959 Roberta and Vern Reeser were married and made their first home in Blackwell. The marriage was short and ended in divorce.
Later she married Walter Tally and they lived in Newkirk for a number of years. She eventually married Alan Berry and they made their home in Kildare for a number of years.
Roberta’s work history included employment as a pastry chef at the country club. She also made wedding cakes for many brides in the area. She also had been employed at Western Sizzling but retired in 1996 when her eyesight began failing due to diabetes.
Roberta loved going to church wherever she was, and she relished working with kids in Bible School activities. She was skilled in sewing and knitting.
She loved gardening with all kinds of vegetables and flowers. She was an avid reader, and she liked to go fishing. She also relished listening to music. She was skilled in cooking and was known for her cinnamon rolls, as well as popcorn balls at Halloween time.
Roberta was a happy, outgoing person and always willing to help others. In addition to her own children, she took care of several foster children. She loved to go on road trips and see as much of the country as possible. She loved meeting people and just visiting with friends.
Roberta is survived by her children, Glenna Ross and her companion A. J., of Wichita; Adam Tate, of Newkirk; Greg and Kelly Tate, of Belle Plaine, Kan.; and Miranda and Matt Duplissey, of Ponca City; a sister, Mary Black of Yorktown, Texas; her grandchildren, Angela, Joshua, Brian, Amber, Breanna, Michaela, Camden, Natalee, Cassidy, Trenton, Austin and Maverick; and numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her lifelong friend, Carolyn Ewing of Newkirk; and her always by her side companion, her beloved dog Lacy.
She was preceded in death by a son, Randy Tally; her parents; one brother, Melvin Lines; two sisters, Pricine Garcia and Charlene Dollarhide; her son-in-law, Michael Ross; and a granddaughter, Nikkita Ross.
Cremation was under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. Memorial services celebrating the life of Roberta Berry will be hosted by the family at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in the Kildare Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Wildman officiating. Interment will take place at a later time.