Therese Shehdan Roberts, 82, of Burgaw, returned peacefully to our Lord on January 24, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC.
She was born July 3, 1930 in Henderson; daughter of the late Beshara Shehdan and Serina Hakeem Shehdan. Therese was also predeceased by 2 of her brothers and 3 of her sisters and granddaughter, Nichole M. Ellis.
Surviving is her devoted husband of 62 years, John T. Roberts; their children: Shannon R. Benedict (Chris) of Harrells, John J Roberts II (Delene) of North Palm Beach, FL, Victoria R. Ellis (Richard) of Goldsboro and Phillip L. Roberts of Raleigh; seven grandchildren: Thomas C. Ellis, Margaret B. Ritsick, Christina R. Albritton, Jamie L. Roberts, John T. Roberts II, David W. Roberts and Katharine M. Benedict; eight great-grandchildren; brothers: Phillip Shehdan (Alberta) and Fred Shehdan (Betty) of Raleigh; sisters: Evelyn S. Smith of Orlando, FL and Victoria S. Varner of Smithfield, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Therese was raised and educated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. She was a devoted Catholic and graduate of Cathedral Latin High School (Cardinal Gibbons), class of 1948. Therese continued her devotion to the Catholic Church with her family at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Roanoke Rapids.
Therese was a loving wife and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family dearly. She was a handicraft person in many disciplines who loved sharing her trinkets with family and friends. Therese enjoyed many years of travel while cruising the Caribbean aboard SV “Lesgo” and then touring North America in the RV “Lesgo”.
Funeral mass will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, Goldsboro, NC at 11:00 a.m. on February 2, 2013.
The family will receive friends after the funeral mass.
Memorial gifts may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NC 03086 or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrews mortuary.com