Bertha E. Roberts, the daughter of the late James Wesley and Hydra Greer Darby, was born in Essex on Nov. 12, 1913, and died at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston on Oct. 10, 2002, at the age of 88. Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker and had lived in Palmyra, Ill., from 1954 to 1969, in Essex from 1969 to 1980, in Bernie from 1980 to 2000, and had lived in Morehouse the past 1 1/2 years. On July 24, 1929, she was married to Joe Roberts in Bloomfield. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1972. Surviving are one son, Charles Roberts of Girard, Ill.; four daughters, JoAnn Fralick of Bernie, Janie Farber of White Hall, Ill., Robin Hargrove and Judy Roberts, both of Morehouse; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beulah Baker of Carlinville, Ill.; and Ollie Taylor of Virden, Ill. She was preceded in death by one son, John Roberts; one daughter, Linda Inman; one brother, Albert Darby; and three sisters, Iva Greer, Elizabeth London, and Mary Dell Grim. Visitation will be held from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with the Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter officiating. Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery in Essex with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service in Dexter in charge of arrangements.