The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituary Archives

July 14, 2014

Roberta Yates-Phipps

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Roberta Yates Phipps, age 63, died suddenly Thursday, July 10, 2014, at her home in Greensboro, N.C.

Born in Erie, Pa., on Sept. 19, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Mary and Bob Yates.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Jeffrey Yates; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Todd.

Roberta is survived by her husband, Joel Phipps of Greensboro; her dear children, Dan (Brandi) Smead of Benicia, Calif., Jim Smead of Rock Hill, S.C., and Maggie Smead (Paul) Shellhammer III of Ashtabula, Ohio; and one sweet granddaughter, Ripley Smead. She is further survived by her beloved sisters, Natalie Todd and Catherine Woofter; brother, Steve (Deb) Yates; and sister-in-law, Judy Yates; as well as several loving nieces and nephews and their families. Roberta had many dear friends in Ohio and North Carolina who also mourn her passing.

Roberta graduated from  Fairview (PA) High School in 1968 and from Lake Erie College in 1972, with a BA in  French, magna cum laude. Her skills acquired at the Katharine Gibbs School in 1973 were applied in many professional and volunteer pursuits throughout her life, including serving as secretary at Amboy Methodist Church in  Conneaut, Ohio.

Her deep faith led her to volunteer her time and talent wherever she resided. Most recently, Roberta was active at Centenary Methodist Church in Greensboro. She taught Sunday school, played in the hand bell choir, and helped with many projects there. In her community, she participated in Urban Ministries, the Out of the Garden Project and Peck Elementary school.

Roberta had a lifelong love of music, reading, puzzles, games, needlework and gardening. She especially enjoyed vacationing with her families at Topsail Island, N.C., and Hilton Head, S.C.

A Memorial Service will be held 3 p.m. at Centenary Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday, August 3rd. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ in Conneaut, Ohio, on Thursday, August 7th.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made in Roberta’s name to: Out of the Garden Project, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Greensboro, N.C. 27455, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Obituary and condolences at starbeacon.com.

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Barton T. Hipps Barton T. Hipps

    Barton Theadore Hipps, age 77, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at his home.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  •  Shirley M. Collar Shirley M. Collar

    Shirley M. Campbell Berus Collar, age 87, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Thursday morning, July 31, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • R. A. Ralph Humalainen R. A. Ralph Humalainen

    Robert A. "Ralph" Humalainen, age 91, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2014, after a 3 month illness.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • KAYE LYON

    Kaye Willman Lyon, 86, a life-long resident of Chardon, Ohio, died peacefully at home on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    July 31, 2014

  • James R. Mischka James R. Mischka

    James “Jimmy” R. Mischka, age 52, passed away unexpectedly at Lake Point Nursing Home on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lloyd D. Jordan Sr Lloyd D. Jordan Sr.

    Lloyd D. Jordan Sr., age 77, of Austinburg, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Geneva, Ohio.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Louis Frigic Louis Frigic

    Louis Frigic, age 87, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Lake Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Molly Grippi Molly Grippi

    Molly Grippi, age 87, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died at the Ashtabula County Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, July 29, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BARTON T. HIPPS

    Barton Theadore Hipps, 77, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.

    July 30, 2014

  • R. A. RALPH HUMALAINEN

    Robert A. “Ralph” Humalainen, 91, of Conneaut, Ohio, died at home Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014.

    July 30, 2014

  • TREADEEN K. PAVLIC

    Treadeen Kay Pavlic, 62, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

    July 30, 2014

  • DORIS I. KOUBA

    Doris I. Kouba (née: Dickson), 95, of Chardon, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at Heather Hill in Munson Township.

    July 30, 2014

  • MOLLY GRIPPI

     Molly Grippi, 87, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died at the Ashtabula County Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, July 29, 2014.

    July 29, 2014

  • KATHLEEN A. WELHOUSE

    Kathleen  “Katey” A.  Welhouse, 30, died on Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 29, 2014

  • Janet R. Cullum Janet R. Cullum

    Janet Ray Cullum, age 71, died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, after a short illness at University Hospitals Cleveland.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • LLOYD D. JORDAN SR.

    Lloyd D. Jordan Sr., 77, of Austinburg, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Geneva, Ohio.

    July 29, 2014

  • TREADEEN K. PAVLIC

    Treadeen Kay Pavlic, 62, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at her home.

    July 29, 2014

  • LOUIS FRIGIC

    Louis Frigic, 87, of Conneaut, Ohio, died early Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Lake Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

    July 29, 2014

  • GERALD L. MIORANZA

    Gerald L. Mioranza, 80, of Red Oak Lane, Geneva, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at his home.

    July 29, 2014

  • ROBERT A. RAYL

    Robert “Bob” A. Rayl, 68, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home in Hambden Township, Ohio.

    July 29, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide