SACO – Katherine L. Roberts, 56, passed away March 4, 2007, surrounded by her family after a courageous two-year battle with cancer at Maine Medical Center, Portland. She was born May 19, 1950, in Southington, Conn., to Russell and Jeanne Bates. She married Raymond Roberts, Aug. 29, 1970, and together they raised their son, Christopher. Kathy enjoyed gardening, cooking, painting, feeding the birds and caring for her cats. Her camp on the lake in Oakfield held a special place in her heart. Most importantly, she was a member of the Saco Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 32 years. Being a minister of Jehovah God defined Kathy’s life. She was devoted to volunteering much of her time and energy to sharing the Bible’s positive message in her community right up until the time of her death. She firmly believed in the Bible’s promise that God’s Kingdom, through his Son, Jesus Christ, would bring lasting solutions to mankind’s problems, including a transformation of this Earth into a paradise and a resurrection of our dead loved ones back to life here on Earth. Her hope was sustained by the Bible’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 which states, “‘For I myself well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.’” She was predeceased by her beloved mother, Jeanne Bates; and her brother, David Bates. She will be greatly missed by her loving, supportive and loyal husband, Raymond “Ray” of Saco; her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Sharon Roberts of Portland; her father, Russell Bates and his wife, Lois, of Houlton; her brother, John Bates and his wife, Carol, of Houlton; her sister-in-law, Regina Waldron and her husband, Dale, of Preston, Conn.; several nieces and nephews. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, she has deeply touched our lives and will be deeply missed. We eagerly look forward to welcoming her back with open arms according to the Bible’s promise at John 5:28, 29, “When those who have fallen asleep in death will be resurrected to a paradise earth.” At Kathy’s request, there will be no wake. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Saco Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 86 Shadagee Road, Saco. Donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.
KATHERINE L. ROBERTS
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.