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G. Joann Roberts

November 3, 1934 - July 26, 2020

G. Joann Roberts, age 85, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Indigo Hall Assisted Living Home. Formerly of Newark, DE, she was currently residing in Charleston, SC. 

Born in Williamsburg, PA on November 3, 1934, Joann was a daughter of the late John E. Bumgardner and Dorothy E. (Detwiler) Bumgardner. She was employed with the W. L. Gore Company in Newark, DE, retiring in 1996. 

Joann was a longtime member of White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, in Newark, DE, where she was active with many church committees and ministries over the years. Joann was a loving, kind-hearted, selfless person who had a special way of caring for her family and friends. Her compassionate spirit will live on forever. In her leisure hours, Joann enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, and attending her grandchildren’s sports and school events. She also loved cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State Nittany Lions. 

In addition to her parents, Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Roberts; her sister, Shirley Rabits; and brother, John Bumgardner. She is survived by her daughter, Karla Roberts Hughes (Jeffrey) of Johns Island, SC; son, Kevin W. Roberts (Marjorie) of Marathon, FL; grandchildren, Ashley Hughes Kmiecinski (John), Ryan Hughes, Courtney Hughes, Morgan Roberts and Bryce Roberts; great-grandchildren, Adalyn, Autumn, and Brandon Lorow and Tessa Leigh Kmiecinski; a nephew, Steven Rabits; and a niece, Dana Greene. 

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 9 am on Saturday, August, 1, 2020, at White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 15 Polly Drummond Road, Newark, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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6 Guestbook messages for G. Joann Roberts

  • As a friend of the Hughes family, and based on their integrity and spirit, I can only begin to imagine what a lovely matriarch they had. My deepest sympathy goes out to your sweet family.

  • Dear Carla,
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a kind hearted gentle person. She will be missed by all who knew her. My condolences to you and all the family.

    Dana’s Mom,
    Sandy Keen

  • My condolence to entire family.

    Her joy and love of life lives on in those who were instilled with her lovely qualities!

  • I remembered the day I met you, you said you didn’t want no other caregiver in your house I asked you to please give me a couple of days then we became like family I hurt me so much when you moved out of Delaware that I had to take a few days off from work, so many laughs jokes plenty of breakfast we ate together I will never forget you RIP love you forever sunshine 💔

  • Karla, we’re so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts . Rosemary and Jim Fiumara

  • Karla, Jeff and Family,
    You were your mother’s love and support throughout her life. She could always count on the five of you to fill her every need. You can say farewell to your mom, grand mom and best friend with a knowledge of how much you cared and loved her.
    We always liked your mom’s spunky way and her genuine good nature. Rest In Peace, Joann.
    Love, John and Theresa Gallo