Roma Roberts was born on January 16, 1938, to William Smith and Jeanette Fleming-Smith in Wilmington, Delaware. As an infant her mother realized that she would not respond to noises, it was then discovered that Roma was born deaf.
Once of age Roma attended The Pennsylvania School for Deaf. Roma was a member of the Library Club, Girl Scout and the Drama Club where she performed in many plays. Roma played two sports, Hockey and Basketball. While in school Roma acquired the skills to become a seamstress.
Roma graduated from High School in 1956, returned home and worked for a short time in Wilmington, Delaware as a seamstress.
While attending school Roma met Paul Roberts, Sr., the two married in 1960. From this union two boys were birthed, Paul Roberts, Jr. and Daryl Roberts. Roma was very outgoing and loved attending dances at the Odd Fellows Temple and Deaf Club of Philadelphia. She also appeared in a few deaf fashion shows as a model. After the kids were adults Roma relocated to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a clerk for the United States Internal Revenue Service.
After the passing of her mother Roma wanted to return to Delaware to be closer to her family. Roma loved art, crocheting and painting. She would often create paintings, artwork, and blankets for members of the family and she would be so excited to give them as presents. Another past time Roma enjoyed was attending her brother Ronnie’s musical engagements. There she would dance and the amazing part was that even though she was deaf she was always on beat and had much rhythm. Roma was very proud of her being Native American and she loved to dress in Indian clothing and wear her hair in two long plates to reflect her Native American roots.
Roma was preceded in death by her parents, William Smith and Jeanette Fleming; grandson, Ryan.
She is survived by her two sons, Paul Roberts, Jr. (Trina) and Daryl Roberts (Angela); three grandchildren Marcus, Christopher, and Johnathon; two siblings, brother, Ronald W. Smith (Bertha) and sister, Rita Smith. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
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