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Rena Louise Roberts August 26, 1943 - January 18, 2020

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Rena Louise Roberts, 76, of Gilbert, AZ, passed away on January 18, 2020. Rena was born in Mattoon, IL to Freda and Richard Donnell. She married Hilton Roberts on June 29, 1969. Rena was a devout Lutheran and loved the Lord with her whole heart. She was a loving mother, humble servant, amazing musician and incredible teacher. She touched many lives and loved her family, friends and church with every fiber of her being. She was kind, gentle, gave the best hugs, and was generous with all of her talents.

She is survived by her three children, Christopher (Kate) Roberts, Kimberly (Tom) Doan and Angela (Scott) Campbell, grandson Benjamin Campbell, siblings Nancy (Lloyd) Breningmeyer, William (Shirley) Donnell, Linda Gargus, and Tom Donnell. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother Robert.

Plans for her service are still being finalized. Memorials may be directed to Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church accounts 978 and 905.

Celebration of Life
Feb. 29, 2020 at 10:30am
Christ's Greenfield Lutheran Church
425 N. Greenfield Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
In lieu of flowers donations may be made out to the following accounts with Christ's Greenfield:
905 Traditional Music
908 Food Pantry
978 Preschool

 

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  1. REPLY
    Angela Campbell says

    Rena Louise Roberts, 76, of Gilbert, AZ, passed away on January 18, 2020. Rena was born in Mattoon, IL to Freda and Richard Donnell. She married Hilton Roberts on June 29, 1969. Rena was a devout Lutheran and loved the Lord with her whole heart. She was a loving mother, humble servant, amazing musician and incredible teacher. She touched many lives and loved her family, friends and church with every fiber of her being. She was kind, gentle, gave the best hugs, and was generous with all of her talents.

    She is survived by her three children, Christopher (Kate) Roberts, Kimberly (Tom) Doan and Angela (Scott) Campbell, grandson Benjamin Campbell, siblings Nancy (Lloyd) Breningmeyer, William (Shirley) Donnell, Linda Gargus, and Tom Donnell. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother Robert.

    Plans for her service are still being finalized. Memorials may be directed to Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church accounts 978 and 905.

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    Terry Pizzi says

    Words cannot express how sorry I was to get the news of Rena’s passing. I mostly knew her as “mom” which was how Hilton referred to her whenever he would weave a family story. Always with a lot of love. My sincere condolences to Rena’s family and friends! ♡

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    Cindy Donnell says

    Aunt Rena was a favorite babysitter for her Donnell nieces and nephews when all of us were still ‘on the farm’ in Humboldt Township, IL. She had an easy laugh and enjoyed fun times with family.

    Some of us were treated to rides in a sporty black Corvette in the late 1960’s upon being introduced to our future Uncle, Hilton Roberts. Aunt Rena’s brother, Bill, walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. As the years progressed, we rejoiced with the births of Christopher Michael, Kimberly Anne, and Angela Marie.

    Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the greeting cards I’d receive from Aunt Rena, with her distinctive, very neat penmanship and encouraging cheerful messages. One of the last of these I received from her came on my decade-milestone birthday last year, complete with a dollar for every year!

    Hearing of Aunt Rena’s passing is a shock, to be sure. I’m confident, though, of her joyful reunion in Heaven with loved ones, and am imagining her sharing her musical talents with her neighbor celestial musicians.

    Her life is a legacy, and her memory is cherished. I will miss you, Aunt Rena, more than words can say.

    Cindy Donnell
    Kirkwood, MO

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