Roberta M. Lott

Roberta Marion Lott – teacher, family historian, mother, and wife to Gale F. Lott – left us June 2, 2022, at the age of 86.  Born to Dorothy and Robert Carlton on Christmas Day 1935, Roberta grew up on a farm outside of Perry, Michigan.  Her mother worked full-time outside the home, a bit of a rarity for that time, and Roberta spent summers and many hours after school watching, entertaining, and chasing her younger brothers Bill and Mike.  Roberta graduated from Perry High school in June 1953, then continued her studies to become a dental hygienist.  At work in a Lansing dental office, she met Gale when he walked in for an appointment.  “He was just back from Korea, with a lot of cavities!” she once recounted.  Gale and Roberta were married on November 17, 1956 (when Gale’s bowling league was on break, Roberta laughingly recounted).

The married couple moved into their home at 4335 Holt Road in 1960, having scraped together the hefty down payment of $2,000.  It was here she lived with Gale for almost 54 years, raising her children while lovingly remodeling the entire house, room by room.  When her youngest child started school, Roberta decided to resume her education as well.  She went on to achieve a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University.  She joined the Holt Junior High School staff in 1979, where she taught English and History for the next 15 years.  Roberta then continued as a part-time teacher until 2005.  She also devoted her time as a volunteer at the local library, Holt United Methodist Church, and served for many years on the Holt School Board.

Roberta is survived by the following immediate family members:  brothers Robert (Bill) William (and wife Kelly) Carlton and Michael (Mike) Carroll Carlton; children Timothy (Tim), Catherine (Cathy), Elizabeth (Liz), Jennifer, and Chelsea (Phany) Vann; grandchildren Elizabeth (Ellie) and Berdeen (Deen) Lott-Clough.

To honor Roberta, a memorial ceremony will be held on June 11, 2022, at the Holt United Methodist Church (2321 N Aurelius Rd, Holt, MI 48842).  The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate are asked to give directly to the Holt-Delhi Public Library in memory of her love of books and reading. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel

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Yvonne Glenn
June 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm

Cathy, Tim, Liz, and Jenn…I am so saddened by your mother’s passing.
Roberta was one of the strongest and most intelligent women I have known.
She has been an amazing co worker, friend and counselor to me.
My last visits with her were delightful…we laughed and talked like usual.
I will hold those visits in my heart.
We are all blessed to have had her in our lives.

Carol McAlvey
June 5, 2022 at 9:39 am

While working with Roberta at the junior high I felt a sincere friendship. I am blessed to continue that friendship into retirement. I will miss her but will smile when the special memories come to me.

Vern and Jacky Howard & sons Darrin & Eric
June 6, 2022 at 4:58 pm

Dear Bert, as we knew her was a very close friend. She was always cheerful and happy. We knew her first because she married our best buddy Gale. Roberta didn’t know what she was getting into marrying Gale. He was a natural comedian and kept her in a happy state of mind. Bert was very intelliigent and was very easy to love. Bert will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Our deepest sympathies to all of her family and friends. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Anne Gnagi
June 7, 2022 at 12:53 pm

I first met Roberta when she came to school as a concerned parent, seeking the best for her kids. She was so concerned with improving education, she got elected to the Board of Education. Maybe it was there that she realized that the biggest impact on the education of kids is made standing in front of the classroom. She became a teacher. Perhaps she thought, “If you want something done right – do it yourself” – and she did. There are many students and teachers in Holt who benefitted from Roberta’s teaching. We will all miss her.

Lynne (Lovewell) Bemrose
June 12, 2022 at 11:09 am

I knew Roberta through church and our women’s group. She was always kind and generous with her time. The kind of person we strive to be.

Anne marie K Milbourn
June 12, 2022 at 10:27 pm

Liz, Tim, Cathy and Jennifer,
I am sorry to hear about your mom. I enjoyed getting to know her these last couple of years and will remember her fondly.


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