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    Hazel Roberta Head, 78, of Novelty, Missouri, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at her residence in Novelty, Missouri.

    Roberta was born on September 11, 1929, in Leonard, Missouri, the daughter of Robert and Mildred Maddox Ray.

    She attended the Leonard Grade School and High School before she married Merle Head on June 25, 1945, in the Knox County Courthouse in Edina, Missouri. Merle left for military duty immediately after they were married and upon returning they moved to rural Novelty, Missouri to make their home. Roberta and Merle moved to their present home in 1972.

    Roberta worked in the crop insurance industry for many years and retired from Hawkins Insurance Group in Edina, Missouri. They were long time members of the Locust Hill Community Church.

    Roberta is survived by her husband Merle Head of Novelty, Missouri; a son, Jim and his wife Betsy Head of Moberly, Missouri; a brother, John Ray of Southwest City, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Connie Ray of Shelbyville, Missouri and Jean Ray of Novelty, Missouri; two grandchildren, Amy Head of Moberly, Missouri and Cliff Head of Fulton, Missouri; a great-grandson, Maxwell Head of Moberly, Missouri; along with numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of friends.

    Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Robert an Mildred Ray; a sister, Helen Hendrix; three brothers, Richard “Joe” Ray, Robert Ray and Donnie Ray.

    Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.

    Reverend Reese Blaine officiated the services. Casket Bearers were Gilvie Franke, Tommy Hamlin, Kenton Bohon, Tom Morgret, Ed Anderson and Larry Buchanan with Honorary Bearers Gayla Simmons, Mary Jane Hamlin, Mary Delaney, Francie Delaney, Sandra Browning and Gala Jessen.

    An expression of sympathy in memory of Roberta Head may be left to the Novelty-Plevna Rural Fire Department. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.