Roberta Lou Karnes, 85, of Hillsboro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 at her home with her husband and son by her side.  

She was born June 11, 1935 in Ross County, the daughter of the late Mark and Helen (Cokonougher) Smith.  

Roberta was a farmer’s wife, and she was also a cook for The Laurels of Hillsboro for over 31 years. She was a member of the Fall Creek Friends Church, a member of the New Petersburg Social Civics Club and a member of the Yellow Rockers Western Square-Dancing Club.  

Roberta is survived by her husband of 57 years, Loren Elwood Karnes, whom she married July 25, 1963; a son, Doug Karnes of Hillsboro; and two grandchildren, Jackson Karnes of Louisville, Ky. and Nicole Karnes of Louisville, Ky.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five siblings, Mark Smith, Arnold Smith, John Smith, Lloyd Smith and Helen Leaverton.  

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at the Fall Creek Friends Church. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. following visitation at the Fall Creek Friends Church. Pastor H. Scott Latimer will be officiating. Burial will follow services in the Stringtown Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fall Creek Friends Church, c/o Zelda Karnes, 8145 Worley Mill Rd., Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. The Turner & Son Funeral Home is serving the family.  

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