Our Sincere Sympathy
Jean Carroll Robertson, 66, of the Pleasant View community, departed this life Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, in Fort Smith, Ark., after a long courageous battle with cancer. She goes before her husband of 47 years, Lynn Dale Robertson. Together they built a faithful Christian home raising four children and becoming grandparents to twelve, including one great-granddaughter.
Their family includes eldest son, Terry Robertson, wife Beccy and children, Kristen Davis, her husband Russell and daughter Victoria, as well as son, Justin of Loganville, Ga.; daughter Linda Folkerts, husband Kyle and children Brandon, Luke, Maggie, Olivia, Jake and Emme Claire of Alma; a second son Larry Robertson of Dallas, Texas; and youngest son Kenny Robertson, wife Anne and children Carlie, Brooks and Brady of Muldrow, Okla.
She was born May 18, 1941, in Lamar, Okla., the eldest child of the late Lee and Lela Roberts of Horntown, Okla., and precedes in death her sisters, Kathryn Carter and husband, Mac of Seminole; Mary Ann Puckett and husband, Ed of Cushing; as well as brother, Gerald Roberts and wife, Brenda of Finley, Okla., she is also survived by brother and sister-in-law, Radell and Marie Robertson of Springdale, Ark., and three uncles, Russell Roberts and wife, Marie of Tulsa, James "Shorty" Roberts of Bristow and Johnny Roberts and wife, Pat of Shawnee. Jean also leaves several dearly loved nieces and nephews, a host of cousins and other relatives, as well as a multitude of friends made during the past sixty-odd years.
At age 12, Jean began her life-long passion as a pianist and gospel music singer. At 16, she started playing for The Gospelaires Quartet in Holdenville. Throughout her adult life, she continued to play and sing with various groups and churches in both Oklahoma and Arkansas. At the time her health failed, she was serving as pianist of First Baptist Church of Mulberry where she was a long-time member.
A graduate of Moss High School in Oklahoma, in 1959, with All-State honors in basketball and fast pitch softball, she received an Associate of Arts degree from Seminole Junior College, Seminole, in 1975. Two years later she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
She spent the next twenty-eight years as a kindergarten and first grade teacher-the first five years in Bergman, Ark., and the next twenty-three years with Pleasant View Public Schools. Jean retired in 2005 to sew and enjoy time with her grand kids.
Her sisters and brother will hold close many memories of being raised on a farm with Jean and watching her move on to start a family of her own. Lynn and Jean's children will remember all the love a mother could possibly give and the lessons she instilled in them. She was the guiding light for her family's path to Christ. Her husband will cherish all the years of love received from creating a family with Jean. He will hold in his heart all the joys, laughter and especially the memories only the two of them shared.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lewis Funeral Home in Fort Smith, Ark. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, November 26, 2007, at First Baptist Church of Mulberry with Pastor Steve Harrelson, Fred Moon, David Moody and son Terry Robertson officiated. Burial followed at New Cemetery in Mulberry.
Pallbearers were her grandsons Brandon Folkerts, Justin Robertson, Luke Folkerts, Russell Davis and nephews Brian Puckett and David Carter.
In lieu of flowers, the Robertson family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Fort Smith, Ark