Sharon Roberts

Sharon Lee Roberts (Doan)

Thursday, March 29th, 1934 - Sunday, October 27th, 2019
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Sharon L. Roberts, 85, of Jesup, IA formally of Independence, IA died on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Waterloo, IA following a long illness.

Sharon was born on March 29, 1934, in Independence, IA, the daughter of Paul L. and Georgia A. (Burris) Doan. She attended the Independence Community Schools. In 1950 she married Robert Beatty in Independence, IA. Together they had three children and were later divorced. On July 31, 1969 she married Donald L. Roberts in Lincoln, NE, and made their home in Waterloo, IA for a short time. In 1976 they purchased a property north of Jesup, IA and had their house built by Sharon’s sons; James and Robert Beatty. Sharon worked as a Psychiatric Aid at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, IA for over forty years, and served as the AFSCME Union Representative for many of those years. After retiring she started helping at the Kidsville Daycare in Independence. She was known for always wanting to help take care of others, especially children.

She enjoyed country music and went to Branson, MO many times with her close friends. She often went boating on the Wapsipinicon River with her daughter-in-law Jean Beatty and friends. Her friends meant the world to her, and she was there for them whenever they needed help. And her family was the biggest part of her life. She especially loved to get together with her family during the holidays.

Sharon is survived by her husband of fifty years, Donald L. Roberts, Jesup, IA, her children; James Beatty, Diane Beatty (John Kortenkamp), and Robert “Bobby” Beatty, all of Independence, IA, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and several cousins.

She is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jean Beatty.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, IA, with Rev. John Sheda presiding. Burial will be held in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may visit from 10 AM until the Funeral Service on Saturday.

In Lieu of flowers please make memorial out to the Cedar Valley Hospice 801 1st St E, Independence, IA 50644.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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    Rev. John Sheda
  • Interment

    Mt. Hope Cemetery
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Rochelle Dolan

Posted at 04:44pm
To Diane and Bobby, Here is one of my favorite Sharon stories. We had a readmission to the CCU and your mom went down to the admission officce to meet her. Sharon forgot to lock the entrance door behind her.
the 13 year old girl took off running out into snow up past your knees . Pam Cambell, RN and I jumped into my car and peeled out , finding her just about to head across the front lawn past the excercise trail out in front of the main building. Pam leaps out of the car and is up to her knees before I think to just call out to the girl to STOP. When she turns around to see me up to my ankles, Pam up to her knees, and your mom on the pavement; she stops and swears at us that we don't have to come out into the f-ing snow.... The three of us laughed like a pack of hyienas every time I brought it up afterwards. Smile, she would like that.
Peace to you and your family. Rochelle Dolan

Craig Johnson

Posted at 10:08pm
Sharon cared for our daughter at Kidsville as if she were one of her own. I still have a memory of walking into the “infant” room and Sharon always had one of the babies in her arms. Truly a caring and loving person.

Nancy Alessio-Jensen

Posted at 03:55am
Don, Jim, Diane, & Bob-I'm so sorry for your loss. She sure knew how to live life to the fullest! No matter where I'd run into Sharon, she always had a hug & always a huge smile. She was a very kind hearted person. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy (Sherrets) Alessio

Barbara Landau

Posted at 03:34am
I loved working with Sharon and think of her often. I’ll always remember the hot flashes she had. She’d open all the windows in the winter and freeze us out! Enjoyed her humor and zest for life. Her Elvis collection was great. RIP Sharon. You were loved and admired by all. Barbara (Cox) Landau

Debbie Decker

Posted at 07:40pm
So sorry to hear about Sharon. I'll always remember all the bus trips I took with you, Sharon, Joannie and lil. Never a dull moment. I'll miss her Christmas and birthday cards she always sent me with the angel tokens. I still have everyone of them. Now she is our angel. I'm sorry I can not make it to the service, I have my nephews 1st birthday party that day but know I will be thinking of you and her that day. RIP Sharon, you will be missed my friend.

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