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Wilda Myrl (Wagner) Roberson

July 30, 1924 ~ May 8, 2019 (age 94)

Wilda Myrl Roberson was born July 30, 1924 in Anthony, Kansas to Fred Wagner and Wilma (Minshall) Wagner.  Myrl had an older brother, Ivan, and two sisters, Frances and Jessie.  She attended the Freeport Elementary School in Freeport, Kansas and then went on to graduate from Anthony High School in Anthony, Kansas.  After high school she attended a semester at Winfield College in Winfield, Kansas to become a teacher, but due to the war effort in World War II, she moved to Wichita, Kansas to live with her mother and work as a bookkeeper.

Myrl met jack Roberson at Anthony High School and they were married during the war in Chicago, Illinois and Myrl returned to Kansas to continue working until the end of the war.  After the war was over, she joined Jack in Hawaii and, when Jack was stationed in San Francisco, CA they moved there, where the first of their three children, Janis was born.  After Jack was released from his Navy enlistment, they relocated back to Kansas to live in Wichita, where their two sons, Charles and Kenneth were born.  In 1952, Jack graduated from Wichita State University and they moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Jack had gotten his first position as a CPA.  Myrl worked for many years as a bookkeeper.

Throughout her life, Myrl pursued her love of music and was an accomplished player of the piano, tuba, autoharp, harmonica, viola, and mandolin.  She also learned to play four different types of recorders and was a member and performed with the Renaissance Music Society in Phoenix, Arizona.  She encouraged her children, and many other people's children, to play musical instruments, and many got their start from their first lessons with Myrl in her home.

During their later years, Myrl and Jack moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri and traveled in their RV to many music festivals throughout the Midwest and Myrl even convinced Jack to learn to play the banjo and mandolin.

After Jack passed away, Myrl found friendship with and married her old Freeport school chum, Glen Hare.  Although the marriage did not last long, they remained dear friends for the rest of their lives.  Myrl then moved back to Anthony, Kansas and enjoyed reacquainting with her many friends from Harper County and attended the Freeport Presbyterian Church where she had attended as a child.  She enjoyed this time and loved living in Anthony where she would walk to Irwin Potters to have a chocolate milkshake and to meet and talk with friends.

When she became too frail to live alone, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to live with her son, Charles and remained in Scottsdale until her death.

She is survived by children, Janis Knox of St. Helens, OR, Charles (Jenny) Roberson of Scottsdale, Arizona, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

On May 8, 2019, Myrl passed away at the age of 94 years, 282 days old.  Myrl was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Varvel Roberson in 1996, brother, Ivan, sisters Frances and Jessie, son Kenneth Roberson, and grandson, Damon Knox.

The time of a graveside service and memorial is to be announced and will be held in Anthony, Kansas with the help of Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony.

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