Edith Stella (Wirz) Roberts

Edith Stella (Wirz) Roberts, 91, of Parsons passed away at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society. She had been a resident there since July 8, 2013, after suffering a massive stroke.  

She was born March 10, 1929, to Fredrick and Grace (Reeves) Wirz southeast of Mooreland, Oklahoma, in Woodward County. She attended Oak Grove Grade School and graduated from Mooreland High School in 1946.

On March 16, 1947, she and Vernon L. Roberts were married in Mooreland. They moved to Parsons in 1948 to join his parents in a farming and dairy operation. Together, they bought Snyder-Cottengin Dairy northeast of Parsons. The dairy was renamed to Silver Maple Dairy, which they operated for the next 40 years. They were proud of their Grade A dairy and gave tours to school children complete with milk and cheese as a snack.

Edith was devoted to her farm life — whether milking the cows, driving a tractor, garden and yard work or cooking a meal for her family. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed spoiling the grandkids with good meals. She was an avid jigsaw puzzle enthusiast and enjoyed word search puzzles. She was a kind and thoughtful person and always made time to do an act of kindness for someone.

She attended the former Open Bible Church and later attended services at Parsons Foursquare Church. She was a member of the Center Chapel Club and so enjoyed their monthly meetings to visit and fellowship with the neighborhood ladies.

She is survived by a son, Randy (Jolene) Roberts of Parsons; a daughter, Roxie (Allen) Baker of Parsons; four grandchildren, Clayton (Kayla) Roberts of Parsons, Nathan Baker of Wichita, Wes (April) Roberts of Parsons and Nicole (Jeremy) Merz of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; 10 great-grandchildren, Raegan and Kylie Roberts, Kennedi and Hadli Baker, Alyvia, Axel, Stella and Ava Roberts and Kallie and Owen Merz; a sister, June Haub of Ponca City, Oklahoma; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Vernon, on Aug. 29, 1997; a sister, Isabelle Clayton; and a brother, Kenneth Wirz.

A private funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home, with Florence Espeseth officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends are welcome to stop by the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday to sign the register.

Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan Society or the Neosho Township Fire Department and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

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