Jerre M. RobertsMay 1st, 2021 | Paid Obituary
Died peacefully on April 4, Easter Sunday, at home in Texarkana, Arkansas, surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old. Jerre was born a "Blue Baby", not crying or moving, on September 6, 1939 in Waco, Texas. After trying the usual methods to revive a baby, the delivery team took her to another floor of the hospital to try the brand new (yet to be used) "iron lung". With Jerre's strong will and the help of the newest technology of the day, she survived! Jerre was the first of five children born to Everett (Mac) and Marie McCracken. She developed keen social skills and made friends easily. Her courage and humor, her early love of books, and knowledge of current events became life-long passions. Her humor could lighten a tense moment. Jerre returned to Waco from Southern California to attend Baylor University. She met and married William Bates (Bill) Roberts. Daughters Julie and Lisa were born before Bill finished law school. Upon his graduation in 1963, Jerre and Bill moved to Texarkana. Their only son Clay was born the following year. At the age of 24, Jerre was a busy mother, homemaker and accomplished seamstress making all of the kid's clothing herself. Jerre had a passion for reading. Several days a month she would haul the kids to the Texarkana Public Library to return and check out new books. She was always eager to make book recommendations and share with others what she had learned. With her kid's away at college during the late 70's, early 80's, Jerre began the next chapter of her life. She completed her Bachelor's Degree and earned a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from East Texas State University in Texarkana. Bill and Jerre enjoyed the benefits of having an empty nest while still young, traveling extensively in Europe, visiting the Holy Land and attending numerous conferences and festivals throughout the United States. Jerre particularly enjoyed her time spent studying at Oxford University in England. Jerre's intellect and passion for scripture combined with her talent for storytelling brought people together. She was instrumental in bringing Little Rock Scripture Study to Catholics in Texarkana and beyond. She was completely devoted to her work with their ministry and collaborated with other Catholic scholars in developing content, conducting workshops and writing and recording audio and videos to reach as many people as possible. Jerre participated in programs and service work for The Texarkana Public Library, The Junior League, Garden Club and Hospice. She was an active member of St. Edwards Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she and Bill were religious education instructors. A devout Catholic, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, professional storyteller, student and teacher. Jerre is survived by her best friend and husband of sixty-three years, Bill Roberts of Texarkana, AR; and by her siblings, Christine Pitchess, James McCracken, Sally Beagle and Dave McCracken. She will be fondly remembered as the loving mother of Julie Roberts Goudie, Lisa Roberts and Clay Roberts; and the adoring grandmother of Sam, Ben, Matthew, Michael and Chris Roberts. A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Roberts will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on May 8, at 10:30 am, with Father Justin Braun officiating.