Earlene Mae Roberts

Earlene Mae Roberts, of Canton, passed away Saturday, July 10, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL at 10:53 p.m.  She was 78 years old.  

She was born Earlene Mae Sutton in Hannibal, on September 11, 1942, a daughter of L. Earl Sutton and Nevah L. Spence Sutton of Palmyra.  She married James Edward Roberts of Maywood, on February 19, 1961.  He passed away March 27, 2003.

Earlene is survived by daughter, Kimberly (Hamza) Roberts-Ejjed of Moberly; 

son-in-law, James D. Job of Durham; granddaughters, Kayla (Merritt) Lomax of Canton, Kelsey Job of Durham, Kristine Job of La Grange; great-granddaughter Grace Lomax of Canton; sisters Donna L. (Jim) House of Monroe City and J. Lynne Sutton of Hannibal.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband James E. (Bubba) Roberts, daughter Kelly Mae Job, grandson Michael James Job, brothers H. Dean Sutton, Gary W. Sutton and sister, Darlene L. Peck.

Earlene was involved with the Durham Community Center for many years serving on the board as the secretary.  She helped organize many of the events the center held over the years.  Earlene was also a past member of the Mississippi Valley Girls Softball League and the North Side Boat Club.

Earlene’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.  She loved spending time teaching her granddaughters to deer hunt and fish.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and doing volunteer work.  Earlene and Jim were well known for their fish fries, hog roasts and their home-made wine.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 15, at 3 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton, with Pastor Lena Robbins officiating.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of services on Thursday.  An inurnment service will be held Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at the Durham Cemetery in Durham, with Pastor Dewayne Larenson officiating.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Durham Cemetery Association.

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Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Merritt Lomax, James Duane Job, Jim House, Sidney Sutton and Les Eaton.

Music will be:” He”, “Amazing Grace” & “Go Rest High on that Mountain”

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