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Sally Jean (Stowits) Roberson

February 26, 1932 ~ October 24, 2022 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Sally Jean (Stowits) Roberson of Homer Township died at the age of 90 at home after a stay at Midland Hospital of 30 days, 12 days at Gratiot Rehab Hospital in Alma, and home for 27 days with her loving family and her special Nurse, Dana, of Americans Home HealthCare & Hospice Care by her side.


Sally Jean was born on February 26, 1932, to parents Glen and Doris (Richardson) Stowits. She graduated from Midland High in 1950. Sally married Tad V. Roberson on September 7, 1957, at Homer Methodist Church, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary while in the hospital. Sally worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Muckridge in her younger years and was a night supervisor at King's Daughter Nursing Home once her children were grown.


The family vacationed and camped throughout much of the United States, making many happy memories before the children left home. After that, Sally and Tad traveled the world. Their adventures were both for pleasure and mission work. Travels included the Holy Land/Israel, Egypt (the pyramids built by ancient aliens from another planet), Thailand, China, Tibet, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and many other places.


Sally Jean enjoyed belonging to the SOS (Save Our Stoves) group with her dear friends from the First United Methodist Church and going out to dinner. Even in her last days, Sally enjoyed going for long drives that ended at a restaurant of her choice. Sally could not eat more than a few bites, but the time with her family was what she treasured. Sally also enjoyed sitting on her front porch and watching the birds, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, and wild turkeys eat from the birdfeeder and wander the yard.


If you knew Sally, you would not be surprised to learn that she left a few instructions for her funeral. In her own words, she left instructions for her minister that read," Don't talk about me. I didn't do anything special. Talk about feeding the hungry children of the world and helping others."  Sally may not have felt she did anything special, but her family certainly thinks that although she was small in stature, her capacity to love, laugh, and serve others and her faith in God was epic. Sally Jean loved music. She sang for over 40 years in various choirs, including the Homer United Methodist Church choir, the Martin Luther King Choir, and the First United Methodist Church choir, under the direction of her special friend, Grace Marra. She also played in the FUMC bell choir under the direction of her special friend Alice Ralston. Sally Jean headed the FUMC Bereavement Dinner Committee for over 25 years and was involved in many other First United Methodist Church committees. Sally Jean enjoyed cooking for the youth of the church during their youth missionary trips and many adult missionary trips, including trips to help after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Through her church, Sally Jean and Tad did missionary work at African University and Orphanage in Zimbabwe, Africa, and Bolivia, South America. Sally Jean was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Quilters. She and her dear quilter friends grew an incredibly special bond while making many quilts for soldiers, the Toni and Trish House, and others in need. Sally Jean was Room Mother for her children's classrooms, Cub Scout Leader for her two son's troop, on the Bullock Creek PTA, involved in Band Boosters, and on the Bullock Creek School Board. She also was on the board of the Ernie Wallace Blood Bank, and she volunteered in the Skilled Care unit of the Midland Hospital for several years and many other special acts of service.


Together Sally and Tad had a wonderful family of 3 children. Scott Duane (deceased), Mark W., Heidi Jean, and her husband, Rob Kinnun. One granddaughter, the light of her life, Lilly Belle, and two step-grandsons, Christopher Kinnun and Sean Kinnun. Sally was predeceased by her son, Scott Duane, her brother, TSGT Duane Stowits (MIA), and her sisters, Nancy (Don) Miller, Evelyn (Ernie) Bailey, and Glenna Stowits. Special Friends Lt. Colonel James A. Mellin, and his wife, Mary, Nina McGraw, best friends Mille Shepardson, Rea Mason, Aleta Smith, and Ruth Peters.


God Bless you, Sweetie Pie.

You will be missed.


Funeral services for Sally will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 28, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in Midland with a luncheon to follow. Rev. Jung Eun Yum will officiate with committal services to take place at 2:00 pm at Homer Township Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 – 7 pm and at the church on Friday from 10 am until the time of service. Personal messages of condolence may be offered to the family at Memorial contributions may be offered to First United Methodist Church of Midland or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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October 27, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wilson Miller Funeral Home, Inc.
4210 N. Saginaw Rd
Midland, MI 48640

October 28, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church (Midland)

Funeral Service
October 28, 2022

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church (Midland)

October 28, 2022

2:00 PM
Homer Township Cemetery


First United Methodist Church
315 W. Larkin St., Midland MI 48640
Tel: 1-989-835-6797

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856


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