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Emily Yoder Roberts was born October 1, 1922 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Omar and Emma (Petsel) Yoder. She graduated from Sharon Center High School and trained to be a registered nurse at the University of Iowa. Emily worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital for many years. On September 11, 1948 she was united in marriage to Wayne Roberts at the Sharon Center Evangelical Brethren Church. Emily was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Jessamin Chapter where she had served as Past Matron, was a past president of the Johnson County Historical Society, and was also a member of the Questers and the Octagon Barn Questers. She was a member of the Sharon Center United Methodist Church where she served in many ways, including directing the Jr. Choir, singing in the choir, and teaching Sunday school and bible school. Emily had a passion for weaving and did spinning and weaving demonstrations at the Kalona Historical Society and the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. She enjoyed horse riding and family canoe trips.
Survivors include her husband Wayne of Iowa City, three children: Nora Jane (Albert) Noellsch of Oregon, MO., Paul Owen (Julie) Roberts of Iowa City, Mary (Steve) Rathje of Cedar Rapids, two grandsons: Peter and Timothy Noellsch, four step grandchildren: Jennifer Newhard, Gwen, Josh and Kori Rathje, one sister Charlotte Lackender of Kalona, a brother Alan (Esther) Yoder of Ft. Wayne, IN., and a sister-in-law Betz Yoder of Kalona.
Preceding Emily in death were her parents, and infant brother Elmer, a sister Mabel Hora, three brothers and sisters-in-law: Glenn (Marjorie) Yoder, Calvin Yoder and Theodore (Jeanne) Yoder.
To the family of Emily Roberts: We wish to offer our condolences to all of you during this time.Emily Roberts was undoubtedly one of the finest ladies I had ever known. She had a terrific sense of humor and boy could she sing! Painting her house in July and August of '86 was the highlight of my summer; Wayne and Paul working around the farm and Emilyhelping me by painting the storm windows on sawhorses in the yard. She made the best sun tea and monster cookies! To me it was more fun than work. I still have a rug which she made for me in her loom, out of my old blue jeans. We always looked for her (and Mabel) at the Old Threshers with her spinning wheel, and she had some of the neatest antiques. Her knowledge of Johnson County (and Iowa) history was amazing, and she knew her barns and the history of each type of barn. She was kind enough to solo at both my mom and my dad's memorial services, which was a great comfort to us and a wonderful tribute to them. I feel fortunate and blessed to have known Emily, and at long last she can continue her good works in a place that knows no pain or illness. Rest in peace Emily, you've had quite a journey! Karl and Jeannie Ebert
Karl and Jeannie Ebert Apr 27 2017 12:00 AM
Grandma's Garden Table Basket was sent by Barb Noellsch.Love, Karl & Barb & family. Maurice & Marie. Ann & Pat & family.
Barbara Noellsch Apr 26 2017 12:00 AM
your mother will live in the hearts of every one who knew her.She was a very special lady and I am blessed to have known her many thoughts and prayers
joan dinnel Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM
Thinking of you all at this sad time however I know you are celebrating her full and wonderful life.I hold such fond memories of your mom and your family in my heart. Emily was a special friend and neighbor. One of my fondest memories was her singing"Jesus Love Me"at my mom's funeral. I also cherish my time in Questers with Emily Roberts! We send our sympathy and prayers from Kansas! I'm sure her service will be beautiful! Love to you all! Donna & Terry Davis
Donna Stutsman Davis Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM