Elizabeth “Bette” Roberts

August 20, 1944 ‒ August 27, 2021

Sunbury, Ohio
Formerly of Coral Gabels, Florida

Elizabeth “Bette” Roberts, 77, of Sunbury passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, August 27th, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Born on August 20, 1944 in Coral Gables, Florida to the late Edward Jr. and Edna (Weikert) Hoke. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Bette worked as an elementary school teacher near Cincinnati then moved to Lincoln and Chapelfield Elementary Schools in Gahanna. She also served as a librarian aide at Harrison St. Elementary School in Sunbury, and gave piano lessons.

A longtime member of Sunbury United Methodist Church. Bette served as the Church’s music director for a number of years, was church organist for 33 years, sang in the choir, was a part of the Sunbury United Methodist Women Ministry, was part of the knitting and crocheting club, and served in other activities and offices. Outside of her involvement with church, Bette was a member of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society, CCL, Sunbury Searchlight club and a literary book club.

Bette cherished time spent with family, and took great pride in her family’s sixty-five-year family reunion streak. She enjoyed discovering new children’s books, working puzzles, collecting Russian nesting dolls and angels, and shopping to find a new purse.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of over fifty years Roger K. Roberts. Her sons Jason (Amy) Roberts and Brian Roberts. Her brother Edward III (Diane) Hoke, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

In addition to her parents, Bette is preceded in death by her sister Eugena Louise Hoke.

Friends may call from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 in the multi-purpose room at Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W Cherry St, Sunbury, OH 43074.

A celebration of life service will follow on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of the church with Pastor Vicki Troutman and Pastor Gordon Myers officiating. The service will be broadcast on the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SunburySFH/ it will be posted for 30 days after the service.

In consideration for the health of everyone we ask guests to wear masks to the calling hours and the service.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Bette’s name to Ohio Health Hospice, 3430 OhioHealth Parkway, Columbus, OH 43202; Big Walnut Area Historical Society, Box 362, Sunbury, OH 43074; Sunbury United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 100 W Cherry St., Sunbury, OH 43074.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury is honored to serve the Roberts family. Please share a memory or condolence online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I really miss you Bette. Thank you for being my music partner for so many years. You were always thoughtful and you were always great fun. I will cherished the memories of you every time I play my flute.

    To Roger and the rest of the family and friends, thank you for sharing Bette with all of us. She was a good friend to all us. Prayers, Strength, and Love to all of you as she transitions to being an Angel in Heaven. I’m sure God has a beautiful pipe organ for her to play.

  • Some of my earliest memories are of running around the library at Harrison Street, both during and after school, while Mrs. Roberts calmly navigated around me. She helped foster a love of reading, was just a joy to be around, and made my childhood brighter to have known her. The memory of her trying to get past the other teachers to dip a pretzel into the chocolate fountain during a school party will remain one of my happiest.

    To the family, I am overjoyed to have known Mrs. Roberts, and I know that she goes in the love and light of God.

  • Roger, Jason, & Brian, I was so sorry to hear about your wife and mother. I will be on a RV road trip with Bob’s wife when Bette’s service is but will be thinking of her on the 17th/18th.
    I enjoyed all the years I worked with Bette, both at the Galena 6th and HSE. Also hearing her all the years that she was our organist.
    There wasn’t a doubt who Paul and I were asking to play at our wedding. Bette’s reaction was one I will always remember. She made it appear like we were doing her a great honor by asking her!
    She will be missed!

  • Roger and family. I’m sorry to hear of Bette’s passing. She had a long journey and did it so uncomplaining showing others who face the same diagnosis with dignity. I met Bette in Searchlight and found her to be entertaining. Her presence will be missed by all. May God bless you as you go forward I will not be able to attend her services but will there in thought

  • Roger and family, we are sadden to hear of the passing of Better. She was a kind and generous person so giving of her many talents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jim, Lisa, and Wes Krist and Kelly and Trent Martin.

  • Stief family sends all their love to your roger, Jason/Amy and Brian for this lost. Bette is gone way to young . We feel so lucky to have been brought into the Hoke family fold and for all the wonderful memories adn shared experiences over the past 20 years. Hoke Reunion adventures, Oregon visits, Ohio visits, our Pandemic Zoom dates, shared Christmas experiences ( who has the mouse), and her great wit, dry humor and perfect timing when delivering her responses. We enjoyed Bette so much and have lots of fond memories to keep her close to us. Hope your hanging in there and we see you all someday soon. Love you guys, Diane

  • Much love and light during this difficult time. You are all in our prayers as you say goodbye to a wonderful wife, mother, and friend.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Mandy and Eric Kletrovetz

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family as you go through this time of sorrow.

    The Walt & Margaret Borchers’ Children
    Gil, Annette, Bill, Janette, Mark & Mike

  • Dear Roger,
    My memories of you and Bette go back so many years.
    I think of the football games we sat through and the away trips we made. Certainly a part of my life I will never forget.
    May you find peace and love in knowing that Bette was one in a million and the Lord blessed you and your boys with her, she will always be with you.

  • Mr. Roberts and family,

    I am so sorry for your families loss. My thoughts are with you at this very sad and difficult time.


  • Roger and family, and Eddie:

    I am so saddened and sorry to read of Bette’s passing; please accept my sincere condolences.

    There are so many memories, from her teaching me to play the piano, her playing at my first wedding, to all the years of listening to her play at church. She will be greatly missed!

    I will not be able to attend her service, but please know I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    May God give you comfort and strength, and may your memories make you smile!

  • Sorry to hear of Betty passing. She was a great lady and served her church and community well . She was a good wife and mother and will be missed by a lot of people. God Bless You All.

  • Roger and family,
    Many condolences to you and your family. Mike and I always enjoyed our chats with you and Bette during breakfast at the Galena diner. I’ll be thinking of you all during this difficult time.
    Carmen (Robbins) Hedrick

  • Mr. Roberts we are all so very sorry to hear about your wife’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    The Hubbard family

  • Dear Mr Roberts and sons. We are so sorry to hear of your wife and mother’s passing. We live by God’s promise that we will see our loved ones again someday. Until then, we will be keeping you close in thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Roberts was a kind and very nice lady. With our deepest sympathy, Keith and Jona (Shultz) Baer

  • Mr. Roberts & Family, I am so very sorry about Your Wife /Mother . I am sending you all very Big Prayers! I am sure she is in Heaven …& No pain now ! Blessings with Love ..Sheila Fuller

  • Roger, Jason and Amy, and Brian,
    Bette was so dedicated to family, church, and music. She was found in community musicals, year after year. We are so privileged to have had her in our lives. Thank you for sharing her life with us.
    Linda and ed

  • Dear Roget and family
    So very sorry on the loss of your dear wife and mother. She was such a great lady for the Big Walnut community and schools. I also want to thank you for the kind words said about Me and Barry’s mother’s. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🏻 Barry & Sherri Fry

  • Roger and family

    We send our sincere condolences to you at this very difficult time. We are so grateful that we had an opportunity to get to visit with you, Bette, as well as Bette’s brother Eddy on a couple of occasions when you were in Oregon. We will be thinking of you all on Saturday.

    Jon and Kathy Richards

  • Roger,Jason,Brian & Amy,

    We are thinking of you and praying that God will comfort you during this difficult journey.

    Bette was a beautiful, kind and loving person. We were truly blessed to be able to call her not only our “Friend” but also “Family”.

    We luv you Bette! Fly high Sweet Angel!

    The Daugherty’s,
    Rick & Becky

  • Our Dear Betty we will miss your bright smile and enthusiasm for all things music, family and faith. My heart is filled with memories of you and the fun times we had when we were together.

    Rodger, Jason, Amy and Brian my deepest sympathy to each of you. My prayers are with you.

  • Mr Roberts ,So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing . Prayers for the Lord to provide comfort during this time. God Bless , Laura (Wymer) Pennington

  • Mr. Roberts, Jason, and Brian,

    Mrs. Roberts was a wonderful person. It was obvious how much she loved and cared for all of you. She was always so kind to me and allowed Jason and I to be the knuckleheads we were. She will be missed for sure.

    God bless,
    John Grumney

  • Roger, Mr Roberts to many. My family has known you and Bette for so many years. We’ve seen our families grow up and mature. Bette tried to teach organ to our daughter but she was successful with many others. You have both been such a part of the community. You have picked me up and been there for so many. May God give you comfort in the upcoming days.

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