Mary Ann Roberts loved camping, baking and her great-grandchildren

Sunday, August 18, 2013 | 5:30 p.m. CDT; updated 5:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — Mary Ann Faris Roberts of Columbia died the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, after a short stay at the Bluffs. She was 91.

Mrs. Roberts was born in New Franklin on March 21, 1922, to Paul Faris and Sylvia Dodson Faris. She was married to Leo W. Roberts on July 14, 1940, in Jamison and recently celebrated their 73rd anniversary. Her husband said he wouldn’t have spent those years with anyone else because she was a grand lady.

Mrs. Roberts graduated from New Franklin High School in 1940 and spent the first part of her married life as a housewife and mother and only started working outside the home much later. She and her husband purchased the Tot Shop in Fayette and lived there for five years before moving back to Columbia. At that time, they purchased the Paris Road Market in Columbia and worked at the store until 1967. She worked for Arch Hill and Dale Nichols in a State Farm Agent’s office for many years until her retirement.

Mrs. Roberts and Leo Roberts enjoyed camping and spent many winters in Florida, Texas or Arizona. She made many friends and camping buddies in the Avion Club.

Mrs. Roberts was known to her family as MaMa and was a special person and loved doing things for others.

One of her greatest joys was her great-grandchildren: Matthew Bradfield, Bradley and Andrew Meister, Madalyn and Olivia Bradfield, and Elizabeth and Jackson Ham.

She was well known for her pies and cooking and a silver cake pan that carried homemade German chocolate cake.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Roberts; daughters: Sylvia Bradfield and Nancy Roberts Seiler and her husband, John, of Columbia; a nephew, John P. Faris II of Indiana; and grandchildren: Brian Bradfield and his wife, Katie, Melissa Meister and her husband, Pete, Brett Bradfield and his wife, Cristy, and Michelle Ham and her husband, Trey.

Her parents, a brother, John P. Faris, and son-in-law, Roy Bradfield, died earlier.

A celebration of her life will be held with a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin.

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