Yvonne Roberts

Graveside services for Yvonne Roberts, 83, of Purcell were held Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. Services were under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Roberts passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Norman Regional Hospital.

Zona Yvonne Hickman was born July 17, 1938 in Wynnewood, Okla., the only child born to John William “Bill” Hickman and Lola Florene (Edwards) Hickman.  She was raised in Oklahoma City and attended school there, graduating from Capitol Hill High School in 1956.

While in middle school, she met a young man named Arvie Arthur Roberts at the Grand Boulevard Baptist Church. She knew he was the one, and on May 5, 1956, Yvonne and Arvie were married in the church where they met.  They first made their home in Oklahoma City, and at the time, Yvonne was working at Travelers Insurance as a Claims Manager.  By 1974, the Roberts family had settled in Purcell, and it was here they raised their family, son, Kyle and daughters, Deborah and Tonya.

Taking a giant leap of faith, Yvonne and Arvie purchased J&J Cleaners in Purcell, and side by side, they owned and operated the business for nearly 20 years. Yvonne would tell you, that her greatest joy was her family and she especially cherished her grandchildren.

She had a keen eye for decorating, and looked forward to entertaining during the holidays. She enjoyed gardening and loved her bling and jewelry. Yvonne’s heart was broken when her best friend was laid to rest in October of this year, and now they are once again united. She was a wonderful wife and mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a true friend. She will be dearly missed!

She was preceded in death by: her husband Arvie Roberts and her parents, Bill and Lola Hickman.  

She is survived by her son, Kyle Roberts and wife, Pam, of Spring, Texas; daughters, Deborah Roberts of Purcell and Tonya Newby of Spring, Texas; four grandchildren, Shane and Tammy Austin, Shawn and Patricia Loyd, Josh and Amanda Roberts and Amber Newby and Mike Cook; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.     

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.