Roberta Irene Wilson, 73, of Niles

Published 9:20 am Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jan. 6, 1940 — Oct. 21, 2013

Roberta Irene Wilson, 73, of Niles, Michigan passed away at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph on Monday, October 21, 2013 with her family by her by her side.



She was born to the late Darwin Mathews and Harriette (Sargent) Prybo in Elkhart, Indiana. Her mother later remarried Harry Prybo and loved Roberta like his own.

After high school Roberta married the love of her life Clarence Wilson, Sr. who preceded her in death in October of 2002.

Anyone who knew Roberta knew that her passion in life was her family. Any time spent with her children or grandchildren was time well spent in her opinion. She also enjoyed spending time reading or playing Farmville on the computer. She will also be missed by Scrappy (dog), Tweety (bird), and Ebony (cat).

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Delores Mathews-Kessler.

Roberta is survived by her four sons; Robert (Gayle) Wilson, Clarence (Rebecca) Wilson, William Wilson all of Niles and Lyle (Sandi) of Buchanan, two daughters; Sheila Wilson-Ellerbrook of Niles and Hope (Carl) Haines of Cassopolis. She is also survived by her step-mother Marilyn Sue Mathews of Douglas, Georgia, brother Darwin “Kelly” (Nancy) Mathews II of Englewood, Tennessee, three sisters; Sue (Wayne) Baker of Waynesville, Georgia, Janeen (Colon Stapleton) Mathews and Mary Mathews both of Douglas, Georgia. She will also be greatly missed by her twenty-one grandchildren and her twenty-three great-grandchildren.

Services for Roberta will be Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. with an hour of visitation prior to the service at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, Niles.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honor of Roberta can do so to the American Diabetes Association.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home