Mary E. Roberts, 92, longtime resident and area beautician in Iowa City, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City. There will be a time of visitation on Sunday from noon until services at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the American Heart Association. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website www.gayandciha.com.
Mary Elizabeth Reed was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Springville, Iowa, one of nine children born to Richard and Mary (Tisdale) Reed. Following graduation from high school in Springville, she attended Paris Beauty School in Cedar Rapids. This was the beginning of a career as a beautician that she so enjoyed well past her 85th birthday! On Jan. 20, 1947, she was united in marriage to Frank Junior Roberts at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Frank, being born and raised on "I" Street in Iowa City, thought that they should make their home on "I" Street, which they did and continued to this day.
Mary enjoyed much in her long life, playing bingo, bridge, many sorts of cards, going to the casino, doing crafts, crossword puzzles, tending to her flower and rose gardens, bowling in many leagues with Frank over the years, their involvement in Jaycees in their younger years and, of course, her longtime membership at First Presbyterian Church. But nothing compared to the joy of being Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma to her family! As recently as a month ago, Mary enjoyed a trip to Colorado to visit her family. She was the technology grandma last Tuesday she was able to FaceTime with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on her iPad, which brought her much joy!
Her family includes her two children, Ron and his wife, Linda Roberts, and Deb Roberts; granddaughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Jeff Poznonovic and Kelli and Steve Schow; three great-grandchildren, Wesley and Robyn Schow and Lilly Poznonovic; sister-in-law, Carol Roberts; and granddog, Gunner. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; and her eight siblings, Lucille Bedinger, Russell, Dick, Bob, Ralph, Bill, Gene and Jack Reed.