Ann Marie Roberts passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Ruston, LA. Due to the pandemic, a private graveside service will be held this week at Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens. A memorial mass in her honor will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at a later date.
Ann Marie was born on June 1, 1930, to Joseph and Christina Valenti in Gary, Indiana. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Indiana, and Loyola University in Chicago, IL, where she met her husband Don. She spent most of her life as a homemaker and mother to 7 children.
Ann Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Roberts, daughters Therese Spurgeon, Christine Roberts, Maribeth Heurtevant, and granddaughter Caitlin Heurtevant.
She is survived by her daughters Susan Cline and husband Chip of Ruston, LA, Ann Marie Whitehurst and husband Paul of Celina, TX, Kathleen Acree of Salt Lake City, UT, and son Bobby Roberts of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.
Ann Marie’s life mission was to serve God and others through her numerous volunteer works. She was active in her community and her Church, St. Thomas Aquinas. She was a founding board member of Christian Community Action (CCA), and instrumental in opening up the Ruston Emergency Pregnancy Service (REPS).
Her faith meant so much to her that her life centered around the activities at St. Thomas Aquinas. She attended Daily Mass and enjoyed going to eat breakfast with friends after Mass at McDonald’s. She was Director of the Parish School of Religion (PSR), a volunteer for the Communion to the Homebound and Nursing Homes Program, a ministry very dear to her heart, a Sunday Choir Member,which singing was her great joy in life, Women’s Guild, and helping out with the ACTS (Association of Catholic Students) Wednesday Lunch.
Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 810 Carey Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270; Christian Community Action, 108 S. Bonner Street, Ruston, LA 71270; or Loyola College Prep Community Scholarship Fund, 921 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, which provides an opportunity for students to pursue a Catholic education in the Diocese of Shreveport. Ann Marie was so happy her older children had the same opportunity she had in Gary, Indiana, to attend a Catholic grade school, St. Thomas Aquinas, when it was opened in Ruston, LA. We all loved the Franciscan Nuns who ran the school.
Please keep in your prayers the residents of nursing homes and their loved ones who are not able to be there with them at this time.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.