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Camille Cecelia (Lockette) Roberts

January 15, 1946 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Camille Roberts Obituary

Camille Roberts was born Camille Lockette, on the 15th of January in 1946. She was the second daughter of eleven children born to Gwendolyn and Ernest Lockette. She would be followed by nine other siblings, so she made her splash quickly in their world. As a teenager, she dreamed of attending college and becoming a flight attendant. She had a strong desire to travel to different places. Fate, and genetics, changed her plan. At 6’2, she was too tall to be a flight attendant, so instead, she married at an early age and over time, became a mother to a total of six children. She was married twice in her lifetime. In 1965, she married her first husband, Arthur Lee Coleman. They were a young, active couple enjoying bowling, fishing, playing cards with friends and going on small road trips. In 1987, She married again to Kenneth Roberts. They too enjoyed fishing together and dancing. Although Camille came from a rather large family, they were very close. They spoke frequently with one another and spent a great deal of time together. There were countless numbers of events together, birthday parties, park outings, backyard picnics just to name a few. In their early adult years, it was the norm to meet on Whittier Street after church to see their parents, their brothers, sisters, and cousins. Camille was a strict mother to her children initially. She wanted to be sure they were safe and impart the values she thought were important for their future lives. She was a strong mother, a provider for her family and a survivor. She was an excellent cook and she loved to cook huge meals even though sometimes there weren’t a lot of people, but still, the food got eaten. She said cooking was therapy for her. She often said that she loved being a grandmother, she absolutely loved and adored all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved attending her children’s and grandchildren’s graduations and other events. She was always proud of them, and she wanted to be there so they would know it. Camille was a very intelligent woman, she loved to read. She would read everything, and she had the ‘gift’ of perception. She loved to work puzzles and she was great at Scrabble. She had a keen interest in Astrology and studied it thoroughly. She worked primarily as a secretary and was known for her wordsmithing skills. She was also known for her outstanding typing skills. At one period in her career, she could accurately type over 120 words a minute and was hired by many to type school papers, work reports, and various other lengthy documents. Camille was always a saleswoman. She had sold Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay, and most recently Top Hat Jewelry. Because she was a vivid writer, she was also a published author. She wrote two books, Fantasies by the Dozen and the one that she published, Always Means Forever. She would continue to pursue her education goals a little bit at a time, as her responsibilities permitted, and finally in the year 2015, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Studies with the distinction of
Summa Cum Laude at Grand Canyon University. In the year 2018 she earned a master’s degree in special education. Camille’s desire to travel was always prevalent in her life. She did so as often as she could, and she lived in six different states throughout her life. She enjoyed moving to new places and decorating her new home was something that brought her joy in each of her moves. She enjoyed the company of her friends, and she was often the host of many parties. Things Camille loved: She loved going to church and because she had interest in all teachings about God, she held memberships under the Baptist, Christian, and Mormon churches over the course of her life. She loved Christmas and she loved putting up a Christmas tree. At Christmas time, she relished the act of giving Christmas presents not only to her children, but to her entire family every year. She enjoyed talking on the telephone every day with her friend, Mary Branscomb, who has been her best friend since 1966. She enjoyed going to play Bingo with her sisters and friends. She loved to dance and plan fun-filled events. She loved fishing, bowling, shooting pool, and playing Bid Whist. Her hobbies included collecting pictures for photo albums, junking at the Thrift Stores, shopping online to purchase costume jewelry or her family’s Christmas presents, and taking care of plants. Her favorite holiday was the Fourth of July, and she collected cake plates because she loved to bake. Her favorite vacation was when her children sent her to the Bahamas for a Mother’s Day gift. Her favorite color was purple, and her favorite ice cream was a tie between Black Walnut and Rocky Road. Her favorite city in the world is St. Louis, Missouri. She left many times, but she always came back because she said she loved that St. Louis is her home. Camille is survived by her loving children Carla M. Houston (Daniel), Arthur L. Coleman Jr, (Valecia), Cassandra R. Gresham, Gwendolyn M. Coleman, Catherine D. Coleman, and Aaron L. Coleman; seven siblings, Alexis Merriweather, Beverly Vaughn, Karen Walker, Randall Lockette, Vivian Gleaves, James Lockette (Tracy), and Richard Lockette (Monica); thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Gwendolyn Lockette, her brother, Michael Lockette (Gwendolyn), her sister, Cassandra Clark, and sadly, on the day of her passing, she also lost her brother, Robert Lockette (Christine). Sayings we often heard from our mother: “Rub some alcohol on that neck for a sore throat.” “Don’t no one monkey stop the show.” “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” “One of y’all come scratch my hair.” “You can act a fool if you want to!” “Take some Robitussin and gargle with warm salt water and you will be better in three days.”

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
February 1, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc.
7239 West Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63136

Celebration of Life
Friday
February 2, 2024

11:00 AM
All Nations Christian Church
10047 Jeffrey Drive
St. Louis, MO 63137

Interment
Friday
February 2, 2024

St. Peter's Cemetery
2101Lucas and Hunt Road
St. Louis, MO 63121

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