It is with sadness that Mary Jo and Virgil Butts of Brazil announce the death of their sister-in-law, Monique L. (Davy) Roberts. Although a non-smoker, she struggled with inoperable lung cancer for the last 11 months. Her fight ended Sept. 5, 2005, at 2:45 a.m. in her Reading, Pennsylvania, home as she slept. She was 56 years old.
Monique was born in Toulouse, France, on January 25, 1949. After receiving her college education, she became a teacher. Her loving concern for children and youth was always evident. Through the years she visited friends and relatives in the United States. On one of these occasion she became acquainted with Daniel K. Roberts of Reading, Pa. and formerly of Terre Haute. After a time, a transatlantic courtship ensued and the couple married on Aug. 12, 1990, at the Davy family farm in Toulouse. Back in the U.S., after receiving the needed credentials, Monique taught French at the University of Pennsylvania/Reading until her health failed. She was a naturalized U.S. citizen.
She visited Brazil on many occasions and enjoyed the community and its friendly people. During her illness, she was on the prayer list of several local churches. An immersed, born again Christian, Monique knew she was in the Lord's Hands and was subject to His Will. As an avid Bibical student, she continue her scripture studies until the end. She loved to help others and was a teacher in the children's classes at her church. She also was an accomplished pianist which she shared.
Besides her husband and the Butts family, she is survived by her dear Papa; three brothers, Dr. John Mark Davy, Dr. Bernard Davy and Dr. Eric Davy; her sister, Christine; several nieces and nephews; and many friends throughout France and other parts of Europe; also her mother-in-law, Norma Roberts of Reading; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dick and Lois Roberts of Ft. Myers, Fla.; several cousins, many friends and a large extended family throughout the United States.
According to her wishes, she was cremated. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted Saturday at the Kenhorst Blvd. SDA Church in Reading. At a later date, in keeping with her instructions, her cremains will be returned to France by her husband where another memorial service will be held. She will be buried by her late mother, also a cancer victim, in the family plot.