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Roma Roberts

Roma Roberts

Sunday, January 16, 1938 Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Obituary

Obituary for Roma Roberts

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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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Evan W. Smith Funeral Services
    201 N. Union Street
    WILMINGTON, DE
    Friday, February 8, 2019
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Friday, February 8, 2019 | 11:00am
    Evan W. Smith Funeral Services
    201 N. Union Street
    WILMINGTON, DE
    Friday, February 8, 2019
    11:00am
  • Interment

    Private
    Address Not Available
    DE
  • Reception

    Friday, February 8, 2019 |
    Park Plaza Condominiums
    1100 Lovering Avenue
    Wilmington, DE
    Friday, February 8, 2019

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Brenda Williamson

These are difficult times. The scriptures gives us great comfort with its many promises. Such as at John 5:28-29 which speaks of a ressurection here on this earth and Isaiah 33:24 speaks about the time when residents will not say "I am sick". Wonderful times are coming in the near future.
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BP

I am truly sorry about your loss it's hard when we lose a loved one. However, I wanted to let you know that we can be comforted by a future hope. Soon there will be no more pain or sorrow. All the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:3,4)
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BP

I am truly sorry about your loss it's hard when we lose a loved one. However, I wanted to let you know that we can be comforted by a future hope. Soon there will be no more pain or sorrow. All the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:3,4)
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BP

I am truly sorry about your loss it's hard when we lose a loved one. However, I wanted to let you know that we can be comforted by a future hope. Soon there will be no more pain or sorrow. All the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:3,4)
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Faith produces fine works and moves us to action.
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