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.
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