Deborah Alberta Roach was born Sept.2, 1937 in Southland to Bernice and Henry Roach. She departed this earthly life Dec. 5, 2016 in North Chicago, Illinois surrounded by her loving family.

Deborah Alberta Roach was born Sept.2, 1937 in Southland to Bernice and Henry Roach. She departed this earthly life Dec. 5, 2016 in North Chicago, Illinois surrounded by her loving family.

 

Deborah’s parents, her daughter, Elvia, her stepmother, Eva, her maternal grandparents, Otey and Elzator Miller, her paternal grandparents, Susie and George Roach, husbands, Alfred and Sheddie, brothers, Fred and Lindberg and sister, Annie all preceded her in death.

 

She was affectionately called “Bird” due to her slender body frame. Bird attended grammar school in Southland and upon completion continued her high school education in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Deborah confessed her life to Christ at an early age at Springlake Missionary Baptist Church at Southland.

 

She was blessed with three beautiful daughters, Elvia, Sherry, and Angela. She also nurtured many other children with her wisdom and motherly advice.

 

In November 1957, she moved to North Chicago, Illinois and was employed by Abbott Laboratories. She also worked part-time as a nurse’s assistant at Highland Park Hospital for 20 years. In 1997, after 32 years at Abbott, Deborah decided to retire and by this time she had advanced to supervisor.

 

When first arriving in North Chicago, Deborah joined Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church. She later became a member of Jesus Name Apostolic Church and had been an active member since 2000. She was an active member of the “Seniors on the Move.” This is a senior citizen group that sponsors functions to raise money for college scholarships. In 2000, Deborah started the “Henry-Eva Roach Scholarship Fund” for residents in the Southland-Lexa, community.

 

She loved walking, gardening, and cooking. She was a great cook. She enjoyed cooking so much, that after retiring she catered events, parties, and entertained guest at her homes in North Chicago and Southland.

 

Deborah was a strong matriarch for her family. She was a fun-loving woman with a resilient sprit and a great sense of humor. As Deborah’s health began to decline, her spirits stayed lifted and her smile never seemed to cease. Throughout her time with us she maintained a positive outlook, which aided in her ability to fight and conquer the many challenges and battles she faced.

 

Deborah was unique, and there will never be another. Her strength was admirable and her love honest! She never complained despite the challenges she faced throughout life. She touched the hearts of everyone she encountered and will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, and friend.

 

She leaves to cherish the many memories of her life, two daughters Sherry (Steve) of New York, Angela (Herbert) of Jacksonville Florida; seven grandchildren, Courtney, LaMarcus, Avery, Andre, Sadekia, Ingrid and Raynell; 16 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Cosetta Bone; nieces, nephews; a special god sister, Anita Bulls; and a host of cousins, friends and both church families at Springlake Missionary Baptist Church at Southland and Jesus Name Apostolic Church in Waukegan, Illinois.

 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 27 in the Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel in Helena-West Helena at 11a.m. Interment will follow immediately in Springlake Cemetery at Southland.

 

Jackson-Highley Funeral Home is in charge of the services.