Obituary: Leanna Kathryn Roberts


Leanna Kathryn (Barker) Roberts, 94, died April 6 at Wellbrooke of Westfield. She was born Oct. 10, 1924, the daughter of Ellis and Rachel (Thomas) Barker.

Leanna was educated at the Westfield elementary schools, Olney Friends School, Earlham College and Indiana University. She taught English, Latin and botany in high schools at Westfield, Tipton, New Castle and Broad Ripple in Indianapolis. Leanna was a member of several organizations, including the Blatchley Nature Study Club, Hamilton County and Westfield-Washington Historical Societies, Westfield Outlook Club and the Indiana Society of Pioneers. She was a co-author of the 1984 book, “Our Westfield.”

Leanna was a lifelong member of the Society of Friends with membership in Noblesville Friends Meeting and an associate membership in Stillwater Friends Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio. She was active in the United Society of Friends Women, serving as president of the Western Yearly Meeting U.S.F.W. and later as international president of the U.S.F.W. when she traveled to Kenya, the West Bank and Belize. She later was the administrator of the John Sarrin Scholarship Fund.

Leanna was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Barker. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joseph G. Roberts; son, Thomas J. Roberts; daughter, Mary Kathryn (Milton) Whittaker; and grandchildren Ramona Kathryn, Rachel Emma, Joseph Santiago, John Milton and Paul David Whittaker.