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Mrs. Naomi “Pinkey” Roberts, 83, of Seymour. passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Covered Bridge Health Campus.
Naomi “Pinkey” Roberts was born in Hayden on March 14th, 1930. She has been a member of the Hayden United Methodist Church since 1938 and has been an active member to this day. She was a member of the 4-H Club in Hayden and was elected 4-H Queen at the Jennings County fair one year. She had also been named, “Outstanding 4-H Junior Leader.” She attended the Hayden school and was president of her graduation class of 1948. She enrolled at the Seymour Business College and started working at the Farm Bureau Chicken Processing plant in Hayden as secretary to the manager. She was employed there for four years until the plant closed.
She worked one year as the secretary for the head physician at the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center and then motherhood began to keep her busy as a Brownie Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and church choir leader. She was also active with the Hayden PTO and supported her daughter’s sports team and the Jennings County High School band and 4-H Club and followed her daughter's college cheerleading team. In 1978 she graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing School at Ivy Tech in Columbus and for the next 12 years worked at the Jennings County Community Hospital (now St. Vincent Jennings Hospital.) During this time she also served as a teacher’s assistant at the Hayden Elementary School.
The Hayden Little Hoosiers honored her with the Town and Country Pride Award, she was crowned queen for the town’s sesquicentennial in 2004, and was inducted into the Hayden Hall of Fame. In 1990, she and her daughter, Marcie, opened their first Subway restaurant in Seymour. They now own and operate five stores in Jennings and Jackson County. She won numerous awards for her outstanding operations and community service. She also owned and operated the Hayden Depot Café.
She has been a sponsor and donor to many causes in the Jennings County community and especially generous in her support of the Hayden Historical Museum. She and her brother, Robert, donated the property where the museum rebuilt the Sullivan Blacksmith Shop as a working monument to her family’s heritage. She was a member of The General Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, VFW, Eagles, Women of the Moose, and the American Legion, was a contributor for Hospice Queen, Muscatatuck River Sweep, and participated in Relay for Life each year. She was Mrs. Jennings County Volunteer of the Year which was based on volunteerism and giving back to the community. She was known for her generous heart.
Her mother gave her the biblical name Naomi; however, her Dad gave her the nickname of Pinkey because she was so small. She loved spending time with her family and supporting her grandchildren’s activities.
She married Charles G. Roberts Jr.
Survivors include two daughters, Vickie (Shane) Wheeler and Marcie (Frank) Kapfhammer; and seven grandchildren, Creyton Thomas, Victoria Ashlee Wheeler, Conner Wheeler, Noah Wheeler, Trey Kapfhammer, Chaz Kapfhammer, and Isabella Victoria Kapfhammer. Also surviving is a cousin, Shirley Hochstetler, many nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a companion, Thomas Fettig; her parents, Conrad “Cheb” Sullivan and Mildred “Perry” Sullivan; and brothers, Robert Sullivan and Barney Sullivan.
Because of her love for music, memorials may be made to Hayden Historical Museum Music Parlor Fund, Hayden United Methodist Church, or the Dr. Lawrence Einhorn Lung Cancer Research, c/o Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center (In honor of her daughter Vickie who has lung cancer).
Funeral service will be at Voss Chapel on Sunday, November 10, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Ed Mead and the Rev. Thomas Judd officiating. Burial will follow at Hayden Cemetery with a Voss Dove release.
Family and friends may call at Voss Chapel on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until time of service.