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Marcie Bell Allen Roberts was born on November 25, 1929 to Oliver Allen and Johnnie Minnie Belle Gibson in Rockdale, Texas. The family relocated to San Antonio, Texas during her school age years. While here, the family resided in various parts of the city until they finally settled on the west side of town. She attended St. Peter Claver school through high school in 1946. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Afterwards, she traveled to Boston, Massachusetts where she attended the Boston conservatory of music. Upon returning to San Antonio, she was wed to James D. Sessions Jr. and they raised four children, Gloria Y. Chapman, James D Sessions III, Timothy L Sessions (Deceased) and Bonita A. Collins-Brown.
During the times in which she lived, there were limited opportunities for minority women. Therefore, she worked for a number of years as a maid servant for a family of a prominent lawyer. In this season in her life, she met and married Ernest Roberts, who first became a deacon then later became an ordained minister.
The Roberts family located to Hosack Avenue on the south side of San Antonio. And in the early years of their marriage, they worked with several families to include Reverend Louis C. and Marjorie Griffin Sr. and Sergeant Arthur and Dolores Johnson to organize Hosack Avenue Baptist Church in 1963.
After Pastor L.C. Griffin moved on, the congregation called Rev. Dr. Ernest Roberts. As a pastor’s wife, she served faithfully with him for over 30 years until he was called home. Marcie continued serving the Hosack church as one of its musicians, a Sunday School teacher, and missionary teacher until her health prevented her from attending.
Marcie Roberts was an active member in the community singing with a number of community choirs such as the Interdenominational Mass Choir (IMC), and the Leslie Foster Community Choir. She also was an active member in the Guadalupe District Association where she served in the District 2 Mission.
In her adult professional life, she completed a degrees from Durham College of Business and work as a civil service worker at Kelly Air Force Base for 25 years where she retired. Throughout her entire life, Marcie loved baking novelty cakes and cookies, and pies for her family and friends. And she loved hosting an assortment of family gatherings.
She leaves to cherish her memory family and friends to include, her daughters Bonita A Collins-Brown and Gloria Y. Chapman, and son James D Sessions III. Her grandchildren, Rev. Gregory B Colllins (Shannan), Michael A Collins, TiShawn Sessions (Latisha), Sonia Sessions; great-grandchildren Cheryl Williams, Regina Chapman, Monique Sessions, Kevin Clark, Brianna Collins, Keyniah Robinson, Captain Kyrie Collins, Kaylan Collins, Tyler M. Collins, Giovanni Collins, Graysen Collins, Dupree Sessions, Dijon Sessions, Heaven Sessions; great-great grandchildren, Gianna D. Collins, Cataleyah Collins, Rose Yeary and Mathias Mills. And host of Nieces, Nephews, friends and family.