Betty JoAnne Roberts was born January 17, 1931 in Springfield, Missouri to Edwin Wyatt and Alice O’Neal.
JoAnn was raised in the Missouri Ozarks where she went to school until age eight, her family moved to California. They lived near the Los Angeles area until they moved to Oklahoma. After living in Tulsa for a number of years, they moved back to Missouri. She met Claude Thurman Roberts and married in 1948. They had five children and worked the family farm and dairy for several years.
In 1965 they moved to the northwest where they fell in love with the mountains. After moving back and forth from Missouri to Washington a few times, they finally settled in Oroville. JoAnn worked some in the orchards and apple warehouses but enjoyed most being a homemaker. Some of her best times in her life were in Oroville with her husband Skeet and the family, working in the orchards for Perry Blackler. Her fondest memories were of camping and motorcycle riding with Charlie and Emma Rounds and Carl and Virginia Hill.
She loved her PCG church and her Pastors, R.L. and Viola Cockerill. JoAnn loved the Lord with all her heart and loved being involved in Bible studies and teaching Sunday School, especially children.
Some of her hobbies were baking, decorating wedding cakes and teaching all the girls in the family how to make chocolate gravy. She loved her kids and doted most over her grandkids and the great(s).
After CT passed she moved to Wenatchee for a number of years, until later she moved to Clarkston, Wash. for the milder weather. She loved to read and watch Christian videos. JoAnn died on Nov. 29 at 9:51 p.m. at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She had battled a long illness but is now at home with Jesus and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband C.T. in 1978 and her grandson Chris in 1995 and a grand-daughter’s husband, Louis in 1997.
She is survived by one brother Walter O’Neal, one sister Sharon O’Neal, her five children: Patricia Descoteaux of Omak, Claude Roberts of Oroville, Debra Eckert of Ephrata, Wash., Mary Davis of Clarkston and David Roberts of Hayden Lake, Idaho. She has 16 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and (now) two great, great grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be December 14 at 1 p.m. at Bible Faith Family Church in Oroville.