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Frances Roberts

February 20, 1920 — March 2, 2022

Frances E. Roberts, 102, of Ironwood, MI, formally of Moline, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2022, at Rock Island National Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Cremation, Ltd., Moline. A celebration of life luncheon will follow the service. Memorials may be made to MDS Foundation.

Frances was born on February 20, 1920, in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Frank E. and Esther V. (Brasmer) Ailes. Her early life was spent in Jackson, MI, where she attended one of the first open-air schools. Later, during WWII, she met and married Navy Officer Otis White (deceased), and they had two children, Elizabeth and Carolyn. In mid-life, Frances married William Roberts of Moline, and these were the happiest years of her life. Fulfilling one of her dreams, they traveled to all 48 contiguous states. He preceded her in death in January of 2000. Before retiring, Frances was employed with the State of Illinois as a nursing home inspector, but her real interests were reading and traveling. Besides camping and road trips, she loved cruises, and saw several countries in the Caribbean on four different tours. Frances was also grateful to have visited Ireland and the UK, as well as China.  She was also happy to comment on the six U.S. presidents she met in her travels, and loved discussing their differences and policies.  Above all her adventures, she loved the time she spent with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren most of all and looked forward to their visits with love.

She is survived by daughter, Elizabeth White and her partner Jimmy Rana; sisters-in-law Betty Kirk and Diane Benson; grandchildren, Eric Morisette, Amy Wright (Ryan), Nick Hartzell (Tanya), Dee Vajgrt (Jason), Leland Roberts (Cara), Michelle Fisher (Mike), and Jason Wood; great grandchildren, Matthew Pearson, Austin Hartzell, Logan and Jayde Blue, Warren Roberts, Lorelei and Justine Vajgrt, and Angelique Fisher; nieces and nephews, Deb Mason, Rexann Benson, Dan Benson, Dave Benson and their spouses.

Frances was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn White; stepson, Bob Roberts; brother David Kirk; sister Ruth Benson; and brother-in-law Rex Benson.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am

Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd.

6601 38th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

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Friday, March 11, 2022

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