Roberta Irwin


Roberta Jean Pollitt Irwin, 77, of Columbus, died unexpectedly at 6:24 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at her home.

Roberta was born May 15, 1939, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Robert W. and Edna Pauline Harris Pollitt. She married Benjamin Richard “Dick” Irwin Jan. 24, 1960, in Columbus. He preceded her in death on March 26, 2016.

A 1957 graduate of Columbus High School, Roberta was a member of First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. She also performed with Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. On June 26, 2006, Roberta joined the Daughters of the American Revolution, Joseph W. Hart Chapter, and held the offices of Joseph W. Hart Chapter Media and Public Relations from from 2008 to 2016 and Joseph W. Hart Chapter Press Book from 2008 to 2009. She was also a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Over her lifetime, Roberta had worked as a pharmacist assistant at Parker’s Drug Store.

Roberta is survived by her mother, Edna Pauline Harris Pollitt, Columbus; children, Benjamin Howard (Sherri Anderson) Irwin, Edmonds, Washington, William Edwin Irwin, Columbus, and Amy Lynne (Robert Alan) Sharp, High Point, North Carolina; brother, Richard (Mary Ellen) Pollitt, Petersville; and grandsons, Joshua and Jacob Irwin, Edmonds, Washington.

Preceding her in death were her father; brothers, Roger Dale and Robert W. Pollitt; and her husband.

Funeral service for Roberta will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Hathaway–Myers Chapel on Pearl Street with the Rev. Howard Boles officiating.  Calling will be one hour prior to the service.  There will be a memorial service by members of Joseph W. Hart Chapter of the D.A.R. just prior to the funeral.  Entombment will be in Garland Brook Mausoleum. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Roberta may be directed to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to Roberta’s family at

Roberta’s family would like to take this opportunity to graciously thank the care teams from Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for their loving and compassionate care given to Dick and Roberta.