Roberta was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Perrysville, Ind., and moved to the Gull Lake area after she retired from teaching in 1999.
She was the daughter of Robert A. and Ruth M. (Carter) Coleman.
Roberta retired in 1999 after 45 years of teaching school, with her final assignment as a first-grade teacher at Patricksburg Elementary School.
She was a member of the Sweet Adeline's of the Mid Lakes Chorus of Richland, Mich., and had sung in the chorus at the Richland Bible Church.
Roberta enjoyed walking, singing, reading, gardening and playing the piano. Her true passion in life was spending time with children, especially attending her grandchildren's sporting and music events at the Gull Lake Schools.
Surviving are daughters Garnet Ruth (Jim) Hocker, Augusta, Mich., and Patricia Lynn Gibson, Nashville, Tenn., son James Langley (Lori) Gibson, Richland, Mich., grandchildren Corie (Jason) Wendzel, Dave (Cerissa) Hocker, Dan Hocker, Madeleine Gibson, Garrison Hocker, Coleman Gibson and Susannah Hocker, great-grandchildren Lily and Tessa Wendzel and James Hocker, sisters Sandra (Louis) Green, Myrna (Al) Harden, and Myra Deckard, all of Crawfordsville, brother Clyde (Georgiann) Cloeman, Crawfordsville, and sister-in-law Shirley Coffing, Knigman, Ind.
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and brother Dale Coleman.
The memorial service to celebrate Roberta's life will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the West Liberty Church of Christ, in Covington, at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Covington.
Memorial contributions in Roberta's honor may be made to the Roberta Marie Gibson Memorial Fund -- Patricksburg Elementary School Kindness Fund, PO Box 212, Patricksburg, Ind., 47455.
The Farley-Estes and Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland, Mich., Chapel, is in charge of all arrangements.
Personal messages for the family may be directed to www.farleyestesdowdle.com.