Norma Roberts to celebrate 100th birthday

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Norma (Kight) Roberts, who has ties to Brazil, will soon be a centurian.

She was born in southern Indiana May 2, 1912. At the age of 12, she moved to Terre Haute, with her parents and two younger sisters.

She continued her education there and graduated from Wiley High School in 1930.

She had artistic talents and was encouraged by teachers to go to an art school. Her father had other goals.

So, she went to business college and became a bookkeeper for a lumber company. But she never lost her love for the arts. She painted and sketched.

She played piano and organ.

And she had a rich alto voice.

In the meantime, her family moved to eastern Vigo County, just a mile from the Clay County line.

She attended North Union E.U.B. Church, where she met a young man who would become the love of her life.

In July 1934, she and Everett Roberts were married.

They eventually moved to the city where they were active in business and social life, including church.

With a career as restaurateurs, the couple owned and operated several establishments in the community.

Although she was a homemaker and mother of a growing family, Normal helped her husband in business in many ways.

In 1947, the couple built a home on State Road 42, one-quarter mile west of the Clay-Vigo county line.

Immediately, they became active members of North Union Church, where they served in many capacities.

All along the way, Norma and Everett volunteered their services to many groups and individuals when they saw a need.

In the summer of 1954, circumstances caused the couple to move to Ohio, and later to Florida. Upon retirement, they moved back to the Wabash Valley, where they again volunteered in many civic and community affairs.

They also enjoyed being close to family. Since their daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jo and Virgil Butts, live in Brazil, they spent quality time with their grandchildren, Jerry, Debi and Susan.

They also enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones.

They liked Brazil events, including the Brazil Concert Band and the Rotary 4th of July celebration.

In 1984, the couple saw a need in Reading, Pa., where they took up a mission in which they volunteered again. In their usual manner, the couple made many friends and were involved in community activities and affairs.

They had both been in relatively good health through the years, but in 1997, Everett passed away.

Norma continued to live on her own and serve the Reading community. Even at an advanced age, she drove neighbors to the grocery, doctors' appointments, or wherever she saw a need until she was nearly 95.

On the eve of her 100th birthday, she gives "God all the Glory," for her past strength and abilities.

Her body is now weak, but her mind is sharp. She reads her Bible daily. She reads a variety of books from the library, and she likes to play board games, cards and Bingo.

Her children, grandchildren and many friends will be on hand to celebrate this milestone occasion in Pennsylvania.

She still has relatives and friends in Vigo and Clay counties.

Her family would like to encourage anyone who has known Norma through the years to send her a card or letter. It should be mailed to Norma Roberts, in care of Dan Roberts, 1517 Hill Road, L-3, Reading, Pa., 19602.

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