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Roberta Jean Edwards

August 6, 1938 — May 17, 2024

Cedar Hill, Texas

Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Roberta Jean Shockley Edwards

Born on August 6, 1938, in Beaver, Oklahoma, to Warren and Alice Shockley, Roberta Shockley Edwards graced the world with her lively spirit as the youngest of three sisters. Being the baby of the family, she was not only adored but also a bit mischievous. Her social nature shone early, as she enjoyed spending time with friends, playing basketball, and sitting on the front porch, keenly observing the world around her. These early days honed her “detective” skills, which served her well throughout her life.

Roberta passed away peacefully on May 17, 2024 in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Beaver High School in 1956 and then pursued higher education at Panhandle State University. It was in Laverne, Oklahoma, sitting in a parking lot, where she met the love of her life, Dee Edwards. They married on August 28, 1957, in Raton, New Mexico. Their life together began in Beaver, then took them to Anchorage, Alaska, and eventually back to Beaver for 26 years. During this time, they welcomed their children, Tracy Dean and Kelly Dawn, and were active participants in every aspect of their children’s lives.

In 1988, Dee’s job relocated them to Victoria, Texas, and from then on, Roberta made Texas her home. Her career as a lifelong educator was marked by her passion for teaching and her dedication to making every student feel valued and respected. She taught in various places, including Liberal, Kansas; Anchorage, Alaska; Beaver, Oklahoma; Victoria, Texas; and Cedar Hill, Texas. Her commitment to education earned her numerous awards and accolades.

Upon retirement, Roberta’s focus shifted to her beloved granddaughters. She was a constant presence in their lives, from school drop-offs and pick-ups to cheering at every event they participated in. Her dedication was so strong that even a broken wrist couldn’t keep her from attending a basketball game, showcasing her unwavering spirit.

Roberta’s love for basketball remained a lifelong passion. She continued to play well into her 60s, often outplaying her granddaughters in friendly games of “PIG.” As an avid fan of the OKC Thunder, she followed every game and player with enthusiasm.

Winters in the Rio Grande Valley with her best friend and sister-in-law, Janell Edwards, were filled with joy and countless games of bridge, her favorite card game.

Roberta is survived by her son Tracy Edwards (Roy Russell) of Highland Park, TX; daughter Kelly Wauters (David) of Midlothian, TX; granddaughters Kaitlyn Gillis (James) of Waxahachie, TX, and Dr. Kinlea Westhoff (Connor) of Farmers Branch, TX; and great-granddaughter Kooper Gillis. She also leaves behind sisters Rosemarie Berry of Laverne, OK, and Avis Kerns of Balko, OK; sisters-in-law Janell Edwards of Beaver, OK, and Shirley Hauth of Austin, TX; and brother-in-law Lynn Edwards of Guymon, OK, along with a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Shockley; husband, Dee Edwards; sister-in-law, Elane Edwards; and brothers-in-law Dean Edwards, Wayne Hauth, HD Berry, and Benny Bob Kerns.

Roberta’s life was a testament to love, dedication, and the joy of living fully. Her legacy continues to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed but forever remembered for her remarkable journey and the love she shared.

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