MRS. ELIZABETH (ARYEE) ROBERTS
With much sadness and heavy hearts, the Roberts, Jelani and Clarke families announce the passing into eternity of their mother, grandmother, sister, aunty, cousin, and friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts affectionately called Aryee. This sudden transition occurred during the early hours of Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut with her daughter Mrs. Eugenia Robert-Jelani by her bedside.
Born in Hartford, St. John’s River City, Grand Bassa County, Republic of Liberia, on March 17, 1936, Mrs. Roberts was the first child born to the union of the late Rev. and Mrs. Joseph E. Clarke. She was married to the late Counselor Henry Augustus Roberts Sr., former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia for thirty-eight years until he predeceased her in 1991. This union was blessed with two children, Henry Augustus Roberts Jr. (resides in Liberia) and Eugenia Roberts-Jelani (resides in Stamford, CT).
Mrs. Roberts was a teacher for over 35 years in Liberia at St. Peter’s Claver School in Buchanan, St. Patrick’s Elementary School (now Cathedral) in Monrovia, Phillips and Barnes in Monrovia and Bassa Elementary Demonstration School in Buchanan, where she became principal for many years before the Liberian civil unrest in 1990. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and rose to the position of Grand Matron and Past Grand Matron. Upon moving to Connecticut in 1993 to be with her daughter, Eugenia (Mekey), she nurtured many toddlers and young children as a baby-sitter and care-giver in Westport and Norwalk until her health declined in 2013.
She was also mother to Aletha Jayne Roberts, Elaine Roberts-Addy, her youngest sister, Tarrona Washington Lineberger, Alice Roberts and Magdaline Roberts-Williams (deceased), her foster children: Erasmus Roberts, Adrian Roberts-Hayes and Nelson Karpeh. Her home was open to many of her nieces and nephews. Mrs. Roberts is survived by twelve grandchildren: Arthy Jewel Osayi, Akaii Lineberger, Enrico and Shareen Jelani, Henry Augustus Roberts III, Denise Roberts, Lovette Hayes-Aristil, Tanya Hayes, Marjai Zephirin, Nanu Wright, Jonelle Lomax and Jayce Upchurch.
She’s also survived by five sisters: Victoria Clarke-Diggs, Joanna Clarke-Natt, Angeline Clarke-Stevens, Martha Clarke-Koyor and Tarrona Washington Lineberger. Many nieces, nephews, spiritual families, friends and countless important family members are left heartbroken. Among those are her nephew Wilfred Clarke, her niece Lenda Russ-Thompson,her cousins Izetta Cooper, Geraldine Cheek, Naomi Brooks, Louse Hodge-Sodatonou, Ethel Clarke-Barnard, her loving friends/daughters Joko Kilby-Nagbe and Philomena Massaquoi and God daughters Gleneda Richards and Eugenia Burphy.
Mrs. Roberts expressed in her written funeral plans, "I don't want flowers or wreaths deposited but would prefer donations to assist in shipping my personal belongings to Liberia to be given to the needed." Therefore in lieu of flowers, we ask you to please support this last wish.
For Those Of You Who Have Been Inquiring About Support With Monetary Donations, a special funeral account has been opened at Bank of America: Account #: 385022234100 in Name of Roberts-Jelani Funeral (19 Bouton St East, Stamford CT 06907 if bank request an address with deposit)
The Home -Going celebrations are as follows:
Wake-keeping, Thursday, June 16, 2016, 4-8 pm: HOYT-COGNETTA, funeral home, 5 East Wall Street, Norwalk CT 06851.
Tributes will be given from 6-8pm
Funeral services will take place on Friday, June 17, 2016, beginning at 10am:
St. Paul-On-Green Episcopal Church, 60 East Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851
Viewing of the body at church: 9-10am
Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850
Venue of repast will be announced at the funeral
Discount Rates have been arranged at the following hotels under the name of Elizabeth Roberts Funeral
Marriott Hotel Rate is $109.00 a night
Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa | 243 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901
Hotel Direct: 203.357.9555
Stamford Hotel | Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Hotel Stamford, CT
Sheraton Rate is $99.00 a night plus free parking
Sheraton Stamford Hotel
700 East Main Street • Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Phone: (203) 358-8400
Norwalk Inn Rate is $99.00 on Thursday & $89 on Friday and Saturday
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center
99 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851
Eugenia Jelani: 203-984-6383
Aletha Jayne Roberts: 301-328-6718
Elaine Roberts: 612-227-4207
Adrain Haynes: 407-430-3061
Alice Walker: 203-893-9113
Enrico Jelani: 203-428-5858
Shareen Jelani: 203-856-8164
Nelson Karpeh: 404-583-6984
Arthy Jewel Bedel Osayi : 919-791-5491
Henry Augustus Roberts, jr: 2318816516509
Nanu Wright: 231-775589591