Roberta DeMeyer

May 23rd, 1950 to April 3rd, 2012
Roberta Frances DeMeyer, 61, of Lexington, went home to be with her Father on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after suffering a heart attack on April 1st.

Born on May 23, 1950, to the late Robert Francis and Anne Josephine Dashner, Roberta prided herself on her accomplishments in her younger years; holding the record for long jump for many years. Residing in East Detroit until her graduation from East Detroit High in 1968 and meeting "Larry" at Shore Lanes Bowling Alley in Lexington Heights, Roberta's marriage to Lawrence followed on March 1, 1969. The "best things that ever happened to me" came soon after, with the births of her daughters, Laurie and Michelle. Roberta's love for sports was apparent as a child and was exemplified in her career as shortstop in many softball leagues around Port Huron in the 1970's; playing for Midas Muffler, The Starlettes, L&M Rascals, and The Skippers until 1978. Roberta delivered the Detroit News to many customers in the Lexington and Croswell areas during the better part of the 70's in order to pay for her way to return to school, to St. Clair County Community College in the Criminal Justice Department. Here is where Roberta would meet her ultimate dream.

Bittersweet it started, as it would end. Roberta was often the voice of reason and justice. After completing an associate's degree program and the police academy, Roberta was hired in as the first-ever female police officer in Fenton on May 30, 1980. Not only then was she living her passion, I feel she changed the lives of a few unruly teens in the meantime. She was "the cool cop." She was a pretty cool mom, too! Her dream was shattered on June 12, 1981, when she was dragged and thrown from a vehicle while on the job. Roberta also held a position as an insurance saleswoman for Prudential Insurance Agency in the mid 80's until her prior injury prevented her from working any longer. Although her career as a police officer had ceased on that mid-June day in 1981, she was still full of spunk for the following 13 years until a head injury took the life right out of her on Nov. 21, 1994. Always a go-getter and quick on her feet, Roberta was always the one to offer her opinion along with a helping hand; whether it be to her friends and family, or to the animal who was out of food and/or homeless.

Her legacy not only lives on through her husband, Lawrence M.; children, Laurie (Mike) and Michelle (Scott); and granddaughter, Evelyn Rose, but through her organ donations to Gift of Life, as well. In addition to her immediate family, Roberta is survived by her brothers; Donald (Michaelene) and Gary Dashner, sister; Margaret (Edmund) Nizio; in-laws, Daniel (NaDean); Karen (Mike) Bloomfield and the late Rosemary (Ray) Lago and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; Robert and Anne Dashner, father-in-law and mother-in-law; Lawrence E. And Rose DeMeyer and special "clubhouse" friends; Spleifer, Katie, Casey, Bob and Bear, to name a few.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service luncheon was June 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Hillside Wesleyan Church, North Street, MI in the Fellowship Hall to honor Roberta's life and memory. Donations can be made payable to: Blue Water Area Humane Society in Roberta's name. Roberta's ashes will be spread in conjunction with her beloved animals in her favorite places, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and the family's garden. May you rest in the arms of the angels.


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