Roberta Ann Christian
Roberta Ann Christian, 82, formerly of Perryton, Texas, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2023, at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 11, 1941, in Hays, Kansas to Robert and Mildred Stevens. Roberta married her high school sweetheart, Melvin Christian on December 27, 1961, in Ellinwood, Kansas. She and Melvin had three sons, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandsons.
Roberta worked in Special Education as a Paraprofessional for 21 years for Perryton School District at Central/Willams School, where she touched many students’ lives before retiring in 2001.
Roberta had a generous loving heart and enjoyed being around people. Roberta loved her family wholeheartedly. She was her children’s and grandkids’ biggest cheerleader. She travelled many miles to support her loved ones by attending their activities while they were growing up. She dearly loved her sisters and extended family members and was dedicated to staying connected with everyone, making sure they knew they were loved. She also spent time hand sewing Christmas stockings for each of her children and grandchildren. Roberta was known for spending many hours in the kitchen during the holiday season baking various candies to share with her family and friends.
She also loved the Lord, and you could find her reading and studying the Bible. Roberta was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for many years, where she played the piano for most services, and was active with many aspects while there. She attended First United Methodist Church for the last several years where she participated in the church choir and handbells.
Roberta joined the Wolf Creek Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010 where she was a very active member and served as Historian. She loved helping put out wreaths on Veterans graves for Wreaths Across America and helping with Constitution Day presentations to the school children.
She also spent countless hours volunteering throughout her community whether it was helping fill sacks for Snack Pac for Kids or delivering Meals on Wheels to those in need.
Roberta was a lifetime member of Perryton Area Retired School Personnel and served as Historian. She was also a member of Jenny June Club, where she served as third Vice President and Historian.
Roberta is survived by three sons Steve (Kathleen) Christian of La Crosse, WI; Scott (Teresa) Christian of Wichita, KS; and Sean Christian of Decatur, IL; 12 grandchildren, Kaleb Christian, Tyler Christian, Blake Christian (Fiancée Sydney), Courtney (Preston) Frie, Jared Christian, Austin (Anna) Christian, Conner Christian (Kevin), Joshua Christian, Mackensi Christian, Arianna Christian, Zoe Christian, and Bailey Christian; and three great grandsons, Lucas Frie, Mason Christian, and Brexten Christian. She is also survived by two sisters, Trudy (Kenneth) Damon of Great Bend, KS; and Debbie (Barrett) Halderman of Salina, KS; brother-in-law Jon (Cheryl) Christian of Hillsboro, KS, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Mildred Stevens and late husband, Melvin Christian.
The family would like to thank Jack and Christi Roberts family along with Richard Henderson for their love, support, and care of Roberta. To all the Providers and Staff members of Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, we appreciate all the remarkable care and compassion that was provided to our mom. We want to express our deep gratitude to Brookdale Senior Living staff for your thoughtful care of Roberta; a special thanks to Heather and Mary for going above and beyond in your support to our family; and thank you, Anna, for your exceptional care and devotion to Roberta, your kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered. Finally, the family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Bethany St. Joseph nursing facility for their compassion and care during Roberta’s last few months. Our family wishes to express our deep appreciation and sincerely thank everyone who cared for our wonderful mother Roberta. Thank you to all who sent letters and messages of hope and friendship to Roberta.
In following with Roberta’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a family graveside service will be held later.
Anyone wishing to send memorials, please consider making checks out to one of the following organizations: Snack Pac 4 Kids, PO Box 340, Perryton, TX, 79070; Wolf Creek Chapter NSDAR, ℅ Sherrie Rima, 12141 FM 1267, Perryton, TX, 79070; or Dean Allen Willis Foundation, PO Box 1046, Perryton, TX 79070 and in the memo section, please put in memory of Roberta Christian.