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J. Roberson, 83, of Memphis died Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at the Scotland
County Care Center in Memphis.

was born the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Schafer and Gladys Lucille
(Gladwell) Schafer on May 3, 1926 in Beardstown, IL.

was the oldest daughter of 12 children and grew up in Warsaw, IL. 

married John W. Hoffman in Bloomfield, IA on November 10, 1945.   She later married Johnny Roberson and
helped raise his 4 children; two boys and two girls, along with her adopted
daughter, Glenda Sue.

graduated from Dovers School of Cosmetology in Kirksville in 1962 and opened a
beauty shop in Edina and later in Elmer, MO.  
She also worked at Mobile Chemical in Jacksonville, IL, and the canning
factory and the rubber plant in Keokuk. 
She was a waitress at Bruce 88 in Canton, MO, and Pete’s Boathouse in
LaGrange, MO.

living in Gorin, Bessie moved to Memphis in the 1980s.  She did in-home care for the elderly and
babysat for many children in the Memphis area, including Jason Findling and
Gregory Wiley.  Bessie was always
considered Jason and Gregory’s great grandmother.

enjoyed playing Bingo, working puzzles, shopping, and reading. She also enjoyed
eating chocolate ice cream, chocolate candy bars and drinking root beer. She
was very proud to have represented the Scotland County Care Center in the
Golden Age Games at Hannibal-LaGrange College in March 2008. Bessie also loved
dogs, especially her favorite, Beaner.

was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and three sisters.

is survived by her daughter, Glenda Sue Bucknell of Mosinee, WI; one sister,
Alice Hansen of Jackson, MO; four brothers, George Schafer of Blessing, TX,
Frank Schafer of Ransomville, NY, Jim Schafer of Toddsville, IA, and Dale
Schafer of Monroe City, MO; special niece, Bonnie and husband Cliff Sheffler of
Kahoka, MO; two grandsons, Robbie and Stevie; two great grandchildren; and special
friends, Dee and Gordon Wiley of Arbela, MO and their sons, Jason Findling,
wife Brandi and daughter Felicity and Greg Wiley and wife Sarah.

services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 5, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis
with the Rev. Charles Hammack officiating. 
Ann Luther and Danielle Bair performed Precious Lord Take My Hand
and One Day at a Time.   Randy
Hillyer, Kevin Woods, Kevin Kraus, Cliff Scheffler, Gordon Wiley and Neill
McKee served as pallbearers.   Jason
Findling, Greg Wiley and Brandi Findling were honorary pallbearers.   Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.  

are suggested to the Scotland County Health Department or to the organization
or charity of the donor’s choice and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth
Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

may be sent to the Roberson family via email at

were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.