Tahlequah Daily Press

January 16, 2014

Roberta Worthman


TAHLEQUAH — Roberta (McLemore) Worthman, 96, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12 in Tahlequah. Services will be held at Green Country Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Steve Osage officiating.

Pallbearers are Ronnie Mahaney, Christopher Mahaney, Nicholas Stephens, Junior Butler, Robert Hogner, and Boyd Hogner. Honorary pallbearers are Donnie Hensley, Bud Collins, Frank Smith, and Jerry Hare. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery at noon, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.

Roberta was born on Aug. 8, 1917, in Tahlequah (Eldon community), to Thomas L. McLemore and Lizzie (Speaker) McLemore. Roberta attended Lane School and lived her entire life in the Eldon community. She often spoke about her wonderful and caring neighbors. She had lots of interesting and funny stories to tell about her life in the Eldon community. She had a spirited sense of humor and loved to laugh.

Roberta met the love of her life, Jimmie Worthman, and married on Sept. 1,1956. She and Jimmie shared 56 years together in Eldon on their farm until his passing in 2013.

Roberta enjoyed horseback riding, the outdoors, road trips, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, antiquing, and spending time with her family. She was an excellent seamstress and won many ribbons at the Cherokee County fair for her hand made garments.

She also was an avid canner and won many ribbons for her canning as well. She made and canned the tastiest vegetable soup and it was a long-time family favorite. At every holiday and family gathering, the most requested dish was “Granny’s” chicken and dumplings; they were the best.

Roberta loved animals with a passion and never turned away an animal that needed a home. She loved cats, dogs, and horses and had been known to have goats and chickens, too. Her animals gave her great joy and she loved taking care of them.

She received LPN training in Talihina and worked at Hastings Hospital for 30 years. After her retirement, she worked at Go Ye Village and Ward Nursing home. She spent many years working at the Ancient Village weaving baskets and making pottery. For 13 years, she could be seen in the “Trail of Tears” drama and also worked in the costume shop.

She had been recognized as the oldest living United Keetoowah Band member and served as grand marshal of the UKB holiday parade in 2012. She was very proud of her UKB membership. Roberta was a long-standing member of First Indian Baptist Church in Tahlequah and served as Sunday school secretary for many of those years.

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie; parents, Thomas and Lizzie (Speaker) McLemore; son, Tommy Worthman; son-in-law, Clarence Mahaney; grandsons, Christopher Worthman, Robert Lee Mahaney, and Chuck Stephens.

She is survived by her son, Michael and Sharon Worthman, of Cambridge, Ill.; daughter Nadine Mahaney, of Tahlequah; grandchildren, Barbara Mahaney-Stephens, of Tahlequah, Matthew Worthman, of Illinois, Ronnie and Sheila Mahaney of Kansas, Okla.; Pamela Sandholm, of Ala., Laurel Mahaney of Tahlequah, and Stephanie Mahaney of Tahlequah; great-grandchildren, Owen (Junior) Butler, Nicholas Stephens, and Christopher Mahaney, all of Tahlequah; great-great-grandchildren, Emma Raye Butler, Ethan Michael Butler, and Mayson Jane Butler, all of Tahlequah; and a host of friends and loved ones.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.