Roberta Mae Lizar was born February 3, 1919, on a farm east of Trimble, Missouri, which is now part of Smithville Lake. She was the daughter of Robert and Lida (Marsh) Lizar. She passed away September 29, 2021, at Tiffany Care Center in Mound City, Missouri.
Roberta married Frank Gates on December 22, 1938, and later moved to Craig, Missouri. They farmed for four years on land which is now I-29 just northwest of Craig. Their son, Dennis, was born in 1944. They moved into Craig and had a grocery and feed store.
In 1960 Roberta went to work at Fairfax Hospital for 25 years retiring in 1985. She and Frank enjoyed retirement. They loved their family dearly and always felt they had three adopted families: Hershel and Mari Ferguson and girls, Terry and Iva Tubbs and family, and Dale and Barb Kunkle and family. They had many great times playing cards and sharing many meals together. Frank and Roberta enjoyed Kristin and Mallory Ferguson and Tracy Tubbs coming to their house to play cards. Sandra Robbins was a special friend from the hospital. Roberta also made many friends when she was president of Craig Senior Citizens for several years. She was a member of the Craig Presbyterian Church throughout her life, and she served the church in many capacities. She had many friends and great neighbors who did so many nice things for her. Roberta was known for her flowers, cream pies, cinnamon rolls, and fried chicken.
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Pearl; her husband, Frank, whom she loved dearly; sisters, Eva Powell, Iva Zemmes, and Mildred Cox; brother, Raymond Lizar; and stepsister, Juanita Stubbs. She is survived by son, Dennis and his wife, Sharon; two grandsons, Jeff (Chrystal) of St. Joseph and Phillip (Edita) of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Josiah Gates (Chelsie) and Elora Gates; and great-great-grandson, Julian Iver. Services were held Monday, October 4, on the Craig Presbyterian Church lawn. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery, east of Craig. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Presbyterian Children’s Home or the Mound City Senior Center are suggested. Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax/Craig.