Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant...
Rita Anne Roberts was born on October 23, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Ernest and Mira Stolarz Alvey, who preceded her in death.
Throughout her life, Rita displayed a commitment to her family and friends, devotion to the Church, love for animals and nature and a marvelous sense of humor. Ambitious from early in life, Rita was an avid reader and straight "A" student while attending St. Columbkille Grammar School and then Holy Name Cathedral High School. She later attended St. Mary of the Woods Convent School to become a sister of providence, eventually graduating from Ohio State University with honors.
Rita wed Woodrow Roberts in 1972 and gave birth to two daughters, Jennifer Roberts and Heather Roberts (Turton). A loving mother, Rita always put family first while remaining active in the community. While raising her two daughters, she was highly involved in her community as a librarian, Sunday school teacher and member of the PTA. She loved volunteer work and was a human advocate, involved with the National Head Injury Foundation and speaking out for the disabled.
Rita moved to Florida in 2001, where she worked as a horticulturalist at the South Seas Resort on Captiva Island for nearly five years before moving near her beloved sister Carole in Saginaw, Texas, where she taught children and immigrants to read. In 2017, Rita moved to Wooster, Ohio, where she spent the final years of her life near her daughter Jennifer.
Rita was predeceased by her loving mother and father, Ernest and Mira Stolarz Alvey; and siblings, Paul Alvey and Linda Alvey Contreraz. She is survived by her children, Jennifer Roberts (Doylestown, Ohio) and Heather (Kyrle) Turton (Orlando, Florida); grandson, KJ Turton (Orlando, Florida); siblings, Carole Alvey (Newark, Texas), Donna Corona (Naperville, Illinois) and Pamela Scavone (Colorado Springs, Colorado); former husband, Woodrow Roberts (Doylestown, Ohio); and dear friend, Mike Todd (Newark, Texas). In her passing, Rita preferred not for services to be held but instead to make the most out of the time she spent during life with the ones closest to her.
A child at heart, Rita could always be counted on to cry during Disney movies and leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus each Christmas. Rita was someone who was there during our happy and sad times, with whom we shared our laughter and shared our tears. We all hold dear those special moments when she made us her homemade blueberry muffins, doted on her grandson and daughters, sang us one of her funny songs, socialized with us during a friendly game of Bingo and laughed with us during episodes of the Golden Girls. She was a one-of-a-kind person who will never be forgotten.
...And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say
"Thank for you for being a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, neighbor and friend."
Online condolences may be left for the family at https://ritaroberts.virtual-memorials.com/
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