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A resident of the Ava area for the past 26 years Lucille Roberts, the daughter of Charlie and Cordelia Coulter McCullough, was born March 8, 1917, at Isabella, Mo., and went to be with her wonderful Savior on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the age of 91 years 9 months and 5 days.
Lucille had spent the last three months of her life at the Heart of the Ozarks Health Care Center. There she was loved and given tender care and her family will always be grateful to Tonya and the entire staff.
Lucille was a resident of the Ava area for the past 26 years moving here from the Wasola area. Lucille married Ermal Roy Roberts on Feb. 17, 1939, in Ozark County and they spent 59 great years together before Ermal’s death in 1998. They truly enjoyed their life together and will through out eternity.
Lucille went to college at SBU in Bolivar, Mo., and taught school for two years. When her children were born, she became a stay-at-home mom and she was the best mother that any child could ever have. She was always there for her family and she was such an encourager and an inspiration to all. Lucille loved fishing with Ermal and the children along with crocheting and cooking for the family.
Lucille was a member of the First General Baptist Church of Ava. She was a wonderful Christian and lived it every day. She also had a strong faith and she demonstrated her faith by her good works. Going to Sunday school and Church was the highlight of her week.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Cordelia; three brothers, Perry, George, and Donald; two sisters, Vera and Peggy; one son, Leon; and her husband of 59 years, Ermal Roberts.
She is survived four children and there spouses, a daughter Wanda and Nurden Stewart, of Independence, Mo., and three sons, Dale and Barbara Roberts, Gainesville, Mo., Billy and Earlene Roberts, Olathe, Kan., and Robert and Becky Roberts, of Ava. She is also survived by three sisters, Susie Chappell, Eugie and Art Knight, and Joan and Jerry Stillinger; two brothers, Alva and Glenda McCullough, and Gene and Iva McCullough; and a sister-in-law Earlene McCullough; 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Lucille were held Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Clinkingbeard Chapel at 2 p.m. with burial in the Ava Cemetery. The Rev. Marvin Wray and the Rev. Mike Freeman officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.