September 10, 2009

(4/28/1939 – 8/31/2009)

Roberta Jean Mathes, 70, of Sunrise Beach, MO, formerly of Gorin, died Monday, August 31, 2009 at University Hospitals & Clinics in Columbia, MO.

She was born the daughter of Robert J. and Emogene (Dunlap) Peterson on April 28, 1939 in Gorin.

Roberta graduated from the Gorin High School.

She married George Mathes in 1959.

Roberta worked in many local restaurants before going to work at the Memphis Light Plant as a technician. She also worked as a dispatcher for the police department and was a caregiver at the Scotland County Care Center.

In her spare time, she loved to paint ceramics, fish and cook. There was never a pot too big for Roberta when she cooked. Most of all, she enjoyed being with her grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend who will be sadly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jim Peterson; a nephew, Kyle Peterson; and a half-sister, Carolyn Meek.

She is survived by her children, Tina and husband John Riesinger of Lebanon, Cindy and husband Tim Compton of Sunrise Beach, and Ginger Mathes of Camdenton, MO; a sister, Judy and husband Bob Franklin of Gorin; brothers, David and wife Jackie Peterson of Memphis and Albert and wife Judy Peterson of Gorin; grandchildren, Kable Mathes and Kylee Compton of Sunrise Beach and Murphy Ward of Camdenton; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 4, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Jim Campbell, pastor of the Kahoka Christian Church, officiating. Jim Vice, Sam Vice, Josh Vice, Doug Mathes, Woody Wiley, Mounty Mathes and Donnie Gibson served as pallbearers. Frank Reed, Otho Harbur, Dennis Howard, Darrell Howard and Kevin Eggleston were chosen as honorary pallbearers. Kathy Campbell provided musical accompaniment and Becky Zahn sang “Amazing Grace.” Burial was in the Gorin Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the family of Roberta Mathes via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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