Sarah W. Roberts

May 16, 2017
Sarah Roberts

Friendship — Sarah "Sally" Wilcox Roberts, 100, died peacefully May 14, 2017, following an extended stay at Riverside in Damariscotta.

Born in North Attleboro, Mass., July 14, 1916, she was the daughter of Clark H. and Manette Pope Wilcox. Educated in Hudson, Mass., she was a 1933 graduate of Hudson High School. Following high school, Sally attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1937. While at UMass, Sally met Louis Everett Roberts, a fellow student who was two years her senior. The two hit it off and were married Nov. 9, 1940, in Hudson, Mass.

Shortly after their marriage, Mr. Roberts enlisted in the military, and while he was deployed during World War II, Sally began a job in Washington, D.C., for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. as a claims examiner. With her college degree, she earned $14 per week. Upon Mr. Roberts' return, the couple made their home in Virginia, where they raised their family. After retiring, Sally and Louis moved to Maine in 1980. Settling in Friendship, they were able to be close to their son and grandchildren, as well as Mr. Roberts’ family.

Always one to be active, Sally kept her keen wit and sharp mind by taking courses each semester at the Senior College in Rockland, driving her car and using a computer well into her 90s. She enjoyed researching family genealogy on the computer and always kept gardens and house plants around her home. Over the years she enjoyed being part of the local book club. Sally was the holder of the Friendship Boston Post Cane from April 25, 2011, until her passing.

Sally’s family wishes to thank all of the staff at Riverside, Cove's Edge for the excellent and loving care she received during the last five years of her life.

Predeceased by her husband, Louis Everett Roberts, in 2003, her daughter, Ann Roberts Nelson, in 1981, her sister, Catherine Withington, and her daughter-in-law, Beverly Roberts, in October 2010, Sally is survived by her son, Rit Roberts, of Friendship; two grandchildren, Stephen Roberts and his wife, Annette, and Nathan "Nate" Roberts and his wife, Jessica; as well as five great-grandchildren, Jason, Melinda, Nathan, Emma and Zoe Roberts.

Sally’s family has chosen to remember her life privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Friendship Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 129, Friendship, ME 04547 or the Friendship Ambulance Auxiliary Foundation, P.O. Box 40, Friendship, ME 04547.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

To share a memory or condolence with Sally’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

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