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Roberta Jean Lamb Whiting, 93, Ottawa, died Nov. 1, 2012, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan. Mrs. Whiting’s family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church noon until the service hour Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

She was born on March 9, 1919, in Ottawa, the daughter of Harold and Blanche (Sanders) Lamb.

She graduated from Ottawa High School in 1937 and continued on to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She also graduated from Kansas State College, now Kansas State University, with a B.S. degree in Dietitian & Institutional Management in 1941.

Roberta returned to Stephens College and managed their Faculty Club and Tea Room. In 1946, she returned to Ottawa University and established a Home Economics Department and was the Director of Food until 1950.

Roberta then moved to New York City and was hired by Standard Brands as a National Sales Service Representative. She continued her work with the company for 25 years assisting hotels and restaurants in their food service departments and with wholesale/retail bakeries in sales.

On Oct. 18, 1970, she married George R. Whiting in Ottawa. After their retirement from Standard Brands, she along with her husband and his son, Verne, established WIF (Whiting Institutional Foods) in Ottawa. The company operated from 1975 to 1980 when it was sold.

Roberta was very happy to return to Ottawa, as she always considered it to be her home. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Ottawa for more than 80 years. She was also a member of Searchers Circle, the AU Chapter of PEO, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Franklin County Historical Society. Roberta was a longtime supporter of Ransom Memorial Hospital, as well as the Carnegie Library.

Survivors include her brother John H. Lamb; nephews Harold Lamb and wife, Susan, Pennsylvania, and Charles Lamb and wife, Brooke, Kansas; grand-nephews Sheldon Lamb and wife, Angela, and Craig Lamb; and grand-niece Bridget Lamb. Roberta also is survived by her husband George’s children, George, Gaylord and wife, Samantha, Verne and wife, Nancy, Margaret, Frederick and wife, Debra; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her friendliness, positive attitude and generosity made her a true inspiration to all friends and family alike.

For those that desire a memorial, donations are suggested to be made to the First Baptist Church of Ottawa or Ransom Memorial Hospital Ottawa through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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