Evelyn J. “Joy” Roberts

Written by Theresa Rose on July 22, 2016

Evelyn J. “Joy” Roberts, 79, of rural Mt. Sterling died at 2:38 P.M. Thursday July 21, 2016 at Keosauqua Health Care Center.  She was born February 7, 1937 near Mt. Sterling to James and Ellen Bennett Lancaster.


Joy grew up in Mt. Sterling and graduated from Keosauqua High School in 1955. She married Roy Roberts at Mt. Sterling Methodist Church on January 1, 1956.  He died September 9, 2011.  She was a member of Concord Christian Church in Concord, IL and most recently attended Mt. Sterling Community Church.  She was a member of the Mt. Sterling Betterment, Mt. Sterling Pool Team and MUMMS Children’s After School Program.  Joy loved to garden, do jigsaw puzzles and crafts.  Her greatest enjoyment was attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.  She was also known for her famous caramel corn she made every winter.



Surviving are two daughters, Pam Dinkelman (Wally) of Irvington, IL and Carolyn Bone (Kraig) of Old Mines, MO, four grandchildren, Brian (Randi) Dinkelman of Cedar Rapids, Lindsay Dinkelman of North Liberty, Madalyn and Sarah Bone of Old Mines, MO, a great-granddaughter, Sydney Jade Dinkelman, a sister, Barb Craig (Dale) of Keosauqua, a brother, Joe Lancaster of Viola, IL, two sisters-in-law, Neva and Irene, three brothers-in-laws, Ted, Lee and Billy, and mother-in-law, Ruth Roberts of Roscoe, MO.  Joy leaves behind a host of friends and good neighbors.  In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Roberts.


Graveside service and interment of cremains will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday July 25, 2016 at Harness Cemetery, Mt. Sterling with Rev. Bill Shewmaker and Rev. Larry Smith officiating.  Visitation with family present will be 2-4 P.M. Sunday July 24, 2016 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua.  Memorials to Harness Cemetery may be left at the funeral home or left at the cemetery or mailed to the family at 10218 East State Hwy 47, Cadet, MO 63630