PAULDING, Ohio — E. Roberta (Merritte) Bair, 81, of Paulding, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Roberta was born on Sept. 27, 1933, in Garrett, Kentucky, the daughter of Beatrice (Johnson) and Abraham Merritte.

On Jan. 15, 1949, she married the love of her life, Charles “Junior” E. Bair, with whom she shared 59 wonderful years.

While alive, she truly lived. Blessed with a talent for creating beauty in the world around her, Roberta kept a meticulous home, created magnificent wreaths and centerpieces, and cultivated a garden, which rivaled those in her favorite magazines, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.

She was always a loving inspiration to those around her, touching many hearts and lives with her quiet strength in the Lord. She was a magnificent wife, mother, and grandmother, and cherished her church family at Harvest Field Pentecostal Church in Scott, Ohio.

Surviving are her children: Doug Bair of Loveland, Ohio, Dana (Ruth Ann) Bair and Sue (Denny) Reinhart, both of Oakwood, Ohio, and Jayne (Rick) Molnar of Grand Rapids, Ohio; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; a brother: Fredrick (Phyllis) Merritte of Paulding, and a sister: Jeanette Miller of Findlay.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Charles “Junior” E. Bair, granddaughter: Sarah Reinhart and grandson: Andrew Reinhart.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at her home church, Harvest Field Pentecostal Church, 13625 Road 12, Scott, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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