Roberta Mae “Bertie” (Laver) Chambers passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Deseret Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Yates Center. She was 84 years old.
Bertie was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Allen County, the daughter of Fritz and Lettie (Folk) Laver. Bertie was raised in Allen County and went to Allen County schools.
Around 1951, Bertie met and married Kenneth “Bud” Chambers. The couple was blessed with six children: Roger, Lonnie, Dennis, Gary, David and Sheryl. Dennis preceded Bertie in death on Aug. 29, 1964. As soon as Bud was out the service the couple moved to Yates Center and made their home. While Bud was farming Bertie was busy cooking for several restaurants such as Tip Top in Yates Center, as well as running a boarding house in Yates Center. Bertie at one time attended the old New York Valley Church when it was in rural Yates Center. She also had a passion for the racetrack and was often found enjoying and socializing at races around the area.
Roberta Chambers was preceded in death by her parents, a son Dennis in 1964, three sisters, Phyllis, Dorothy and Cory Laver, and a brother, Ronny Laver. She is survived by her children, Roger Chambers and wife Kathy, Kansas City, Kan., Lonnie Chambers, Yates Center, Gary Chambers, Cassody, David Chambers, Yates Center, and Sheryl (Chambers) Gauss, Fort Scott. Bertie is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Graveside memorial services for Bertie will be at 3 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Yates Center Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the “Friends For Life” of Yates Center and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 188, Yates Center, KS 66783.
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