Martha B. Roberson, 84, homemaker and gardener

February 05, 2005

Martha B. Roberson, a homemaker and avid gardener, died of heart failure Sunday at her Lutherville home. She was 84.

She was born Martha Berge in Baltimore and raised on Chester Street. A 1938 graduate of Eastern High School, she worked for several years as a state Health Department lab technician and bacteriologist.

In 1942, she married her teenage sweetheart, William T. Roberson, and the couple lived for many years in Govans and Hydes.

Mrs. Roberson enjoyed knitting and making jewelry that was sold in the gift shop of Bykota Senior Center in Towson, where she was a member. She also liked canning the vegetables and fruits from her garden.

A soprano, Mrs. Roberson was a former member of the Bach Society and a soloist for many years at weddings and in church choirs.

She remained an active Eastern High School alumna and served as a member of the reunion committee and secretary for the Class of 1938.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road in Phoenix, Baltimore County, where a memorial service was held Wednesday.

Mrs. Roberson is survived by her husband, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. employee; two sons, William T. Roberson Jr. of Monkton and Kenneth P. Roberson of Jarrettsville; a daughter, Phyllis R. Schott of Lutherville; two sisters, Catherine B. Wenchel of Timonium and Virginia B. Anderson of Cockeysville; and five grandchildren.

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