Edna Roberts, age 98, formerly of Killeen, Texas, joined her husband around the throne of God, on January 15, 2021, at the Lampasas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lampasas, Texas. She died of natural causes. Edna Alvina Radke Roberts was born to Harry and Emma Radke on November 7, 1922, in Brandon, Texas, about ten miles east of Hillsboro. Edna was the youngest of six siblings. She remembered that her father would read the Bible to his family as she grew up. She believed that this is what drew her to God. She received salvation as a teen-ager and attended Southwestern Assemblies of God College (SAGC) in Waxahachie, Texas. There she met and married Odell Roberts on June 24, 1948. Together they began a lifetime of service to the God they loved. The Robertses served congregations in Melrose, New Mexico, and Ennis and Lampasas, Texas, before taking their family to the Philippines as missionaries. When they returned from Manilla in 1963, they founded Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Killeen. Edna worked as a librarian at Killeen High School and established the library at Ellison High School. She worked for the Killeen Independent School District for twenty-six years. In 1990, the Robertses resigned as pastors of Bethel Temple and moved to Waxahachie, where Edna became the librarian at SAGC. In 2001 they returned to the Killeen area. She has been a librarian, pastor, missionary, artist, writer, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Odell; her parents, Harry and Emma Radke; her brother, Edgar Radke, and sisters Stella Degner, Juanita Schulze, and Erelene Neumann. She is survived by her sister, Esther Vess of Waxahachie, her children, Vicki Proffit of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Stephen Roberts of Lampasas, and Grace Deorsam Curtis of Harker Heights, twelve grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Edna’s name to New Beginnings Church, 859 Copperhead Circle, Harker Heights, TX 76548, designated “Missions”, or to Sarah’s Home, which is a home for rescued, sex-trafficked girls, at PO Box 29, Peyton, CO 80831.
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