Roberta S. Dailey, 90, passed away peacefully into her heavenly home early Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018 at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital where she had lost her struggle with cancer.
She was born Thursday, September 29, 1927, in Muncie, Indiana, the daughter of James and Ina McCormick.
Roberta graduated from Yorktown High School.
She had worked as a long distance operator for Bell Telephone, Ball Stores, and in the Dining Service Department of Ball State University.
Roberta was a member of the Forest Park Senior Card Club, was an avid Pacer and Cincinnati Reds Fan, loved playing cards, bowling, and playing the organ.
She is survived by her son, Garry (Ruth) Dailey; grandchildren, Christopher Dailey and Matthew Dailey; sister-in-law, Edith Dailey; nieces, Linda Proudfoot, Sheila Pennybacker (friend, Alice Arrington), Cindy (Tom) Spangler, Bonita Isonhart, and Julie (Rob) Booster; nephew, Rodney (Linda) Dailey.
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles B. Dailey; sister, Velma Pennybacker; brother-in-law, Ralph Dailey; sister-in-law, Eileen Gribble.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Laura Gates, I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospice, and the I.U. Health Ball Memorial Oncology Unit for their care and compassion during Roberta's illness.
Services will be Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue Muncie, Indiana 47304 at 4:00 p.m.
Visitation will be at Elm Ridge Funeral Home on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m.
Burial will immediately follow the service at Elm Ridge Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospice, 2401 West University Avenue Muncie, Indiana 47303.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at: elmridgefuneralhome.com
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My condolences to all of you. I very much enjoyed Roberta & Charles; they were such nice people. I had so much fun playing cards with them, just talking, and sharing a family dinner. May God give you support and peace.
Patty and I are so sorry for your loss. We will not be able to share our condolences in person with you but know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over you and your family as you maneuver through this difficult time.
Love, Gary and Patty Moore
Garry I am so sorry for your loss.Prayers for you and your family.Pam Ice
I posted this on my Facebook last night after mom called me to let me know of Roberta's passing... I've added a little after weighing my emotions overnight.
A little over 30 years ago we moved to a house on Petty Rd in Muncie, IN. My mom, Christian, and I had no other family in Indiana. Our grandparents lived in Puerto Rico. Little did we know that we would be blessed with our Indiana Grandparents. Roberta and Charles Dailey lived across the street and from the moment we moved in, they took us in and we became a part of their family. They attended Grandparents Day with Christian and I. They took care of us when mom was working. We played Scrabble and Upwords for hours. (Roberta laughed and laughed the day I, an awkward 12 year old, embarrassingly played the word S-E-X to beat her for the first and I believe, only time). Roberta would play the organ for us.
When I left Indiana for college I asked Charley and Roberta to keep an eye on my mom and Christian, Roberta told me not to worry, they'd make sure they were ok. Even after mom and Christian moved away they would follow our exploits and every time I came back to Indiana, there was one thing I made sure I did each trip... visit Roberta and Charley.
When I visited Muncie last summer I made my visit to Roberta (Charley passed away 6 years ago) and she told me how she'd finally had to stop bowling, she was 89 years old. She still drove, as long as it was close. She filled me everything going on with Garry, Christopher and Matthew; she asked me about my job & life, how was mom doing?, was Christian doing well? How is Gabriela (my niece)? Nothing had changed after all these years, just catching up on family news.
She looked older but still had the same beautiful smile and laugh. I sat with her for about an hour, talking, catching up. As I left that day and hugged her, I knew deep down that I wouldn't see her again.
Today she passed away.
Whether you believe in God or not, you can't deny that there is something out there that brings you the people you need. You have the family you are given and the family you choose and chooses you. We needed Roberta and Charley. And we were blessed to have them choose us.
Godspeed Roberta! I love you and will hold you in my heart forever. Say hi to Charley for me.
This picture is of Christian, Migdalia, Gabriela, and Roberta. It was taken June 2012, when they accompanied me back to Muncie when I attended my 20th High School Reunion.
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