Dorothy Roop Roberts obituary

Dorothy Roop Roberts of Pulaski, died September 6. She was born on August 22, 1927 in the Beckley WV area. She just turned 95e birthday. She was born to Reverend Ellis and Madelene Nunn. She grew up in a large family that settled in Draper, Virginia.

She graduated from Draper High School and later attended Bluefield Secretarial College. In high school, she played on the basketball team and was especially proud of her half-court shot. She continued to be athletic throughout her life, exercising several times a week at the pool and walking almost daily.

While living in Draper, she met the Roop family who lived across the road. After World War II, Elza and Dorothy fell in love and married in 1948. They had 2 daughters, Sheila Roop, of Christiansburg and Susan Roop Dalrymple of Draper, VA.

Dorothy worked at Virginia Maid Hosiery in Pulaski as an administrative assistant to the plant manager.

When Elza fell ill, Dorothy took care of him until her death at age 67. Later, she met and married Jim Roberts. She met Jim while listening to music with her best friend and sister-in-law, Nancy Mitchell Roop. She and Jim traveled, danced to bluegrass music and had a great time for many years. Later, she took care of him when he fell ill.

Dorothy will be remembered for her love of bluegrass and country music. She liked to dance with her son-in-law. She enjoyed growing roses, painting, and talking to her neighbors. She was very crafty and took painting lessons and stained glass lessons at New River Valley Fine Arts. She started piano lessons at age 90 and lived alone until age 92. She was a strong woman who was always there for her daughters and taught them to be strong. She was a Christian woman who never wavered in her faith. She attended Dublin Baptist Church and loved her church family.

She was predeceased by her brothers Claude, Rudolph, Robert, Ellis Jr, Ross and Dickie. She is survived by her daughters Sheila Roop and Susan Roop Dalrymple (Timothy). Sister, Nancy Nunn Passarelli (Joe) of Charlotte, North Carolina, grandchildren Jacob Dalrymple, David Plemen (Leah), Adam Plemen (Stevie) and Christopher Plemen (Melissa). Great-grandchildren Harper Plemen, Brendan and Cade Plemen and Dylan Plemen and step-great-grandchild Baron Musik whom she affectionately called Hank. And several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Pulaski Health and Rehab and Dr. Williams, Pori’shua Jones, her caregiver for 3 years and her other caregivers who have been so good and loving to her. Thanks to her flatmate at Pulaski Health and Rehab, Connie Byrd who has done so much in her last few weeks and her church family at Dublin Baptist Church with their visits, maps and phone calls.

His family is in the care of Bower Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m. and funeral service at Shiloh Cemetery. Pastor Allen Mahan will conduct the service.

If you would like to make a donation in her name, she would be honored if you did so at Dublin Baptist Church Food Pantry at 100 Hawkins St., Dublin VA 24084. To sign her guestbook online, visit