Roberta Zetella (Taylor) Hakes, 85, of Greenfield, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at Mt. Carmel Health, St Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

She was born June 9, 1935 in Greenfield to Raymond and Ruth (Mossbarger) Taylor.

She graduated in 1954 from Twin High School in Bourneville, Ohio and was married to David M. Hakes on Oct. 1, 1955.

Roberta held a variety of positions in her life. She was a telephone operator, part of the clerical staff at the Pad Factory, Greenfield Hospital candy striper, Greenfield Elementary School cafeteria worker, seamstress for Greenfield Research, nurse’s aide, administrator of a veterans group home and also of a home for the developmentally disabled and a homemaker, which was her highest calling. She loved children and babysat for many, as well as serving as a foster mother.

She was a member of the Washington Court House First Church of the Nazarene for many years and served in many positions in the church, including Sunday school teacher, steward and choir member. She was a prayer warrior – she kept long lists of prayer requests and prayed fervently each day for God’s will and intervention. She loved her family, and her greatest desire was to spread the love of Jesus to others.

She is survived by her son, Victor Hakes, Sr. (Corene) of Baltimore, Ohio; daughters Debbie Kocher (Robert) of Lancaster, Tammy Boring (Robert) of Columbus and Stacy Havens (Gary) of Greenfield; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; sisters Chloe Blazer and Wanda Fox, both of Xenia, and Charlene Weller of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Hakes, on Nov. 26, 2020; parents; brothers, Bill Taylor and Ivan Taylor; sisters, Mona (Taylor) Francis and Geneva (Mossbarger) Collins; daughter, Annette Jo (Hakes) Williams; and granddaughter, Ashley Kay Hakes.

Funeral service will be Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Murray-Fettro Funeral Home with Pastor Jay Fabin officiating. Following cremation at a later date, Roberta’s ashes will be interred, until such time when the dead in Christ shall rise, at the Greenfield Cemetery, where her husband, daughter and granddaughter are currently at rest.

Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Roberta’s name to St. Jude Hospital or to the Samaritan’s Purse Ministries.
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