ROBERTA HART WOODS
Roberta Hart Woods, 93, of Abingdon, VA passed away on
Wednesday, May 26, 2020. Born September 4, 1926 at Camden on
Gauley, WV, Roberta was the daughter of the late Bruce Kelly and
Wilda Edra Hart.
Roberta’s childhood in Camden on Gauley was never dull. Her
older brother, Damon, and younger brother, Glen, worked hard to
keep things interesting. If you’ve heard the outhouse story, or the
calf/bucket story, you’ll know that their childhood was full of mischief
After graduating from Fairmont College, Roberta taught in a 1-
room schoolhouse in Nicholas County, West Virginia. She married her
childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Milton Woods, Jr. in 1946.
Roberta began the first Kindergarten program in Nicholas County in
1961. She went on to serve as the four county supervisor of the Food
Stamp Program in WV. Roberta was a member of the Summersville
Memorial Methodist Church and served both in the women’s groups
and as the manager of the Christmas Basket Program. Roberta had a
heart for service and spent her entire career working toward
education, equity, and inclusion within her community.
Those who knew Roberta knew that she was an avid writer. She
would often wake before the rest of her household, make a cup of
Sanka, and get to work writing short stories. Roberta authored three
books of short stories - A Dandelion For My Hair, Dear Kids and Other
People and A Shadow I Call My Own. She wrote weekly short stories
for The Nicholas Chronicle until age 90. Roberta was well-known for
her quick wit and her kind and generous heart, both of which you see
at play throughout her written pieces.
Roberta’s most treasured title throughout her life was “Nana”.
Nana was known for her homemade cinnamon toast, once a year to-
die-for Christmas cinnamon rolls, her “side-up kisses”, special lap
cuddles (even when you were far too big to sit on Nana’s lap), her
ability to write her name backwards, Po-ke-no and War playing,
searching the shore for seashells, handwritten love notes and “Little
Black Dog” stories. Her love for her grandchildren, great grandchildren,
and great-great grandchildren knew no bounds - as long as they
remembered that “you’re never taller than your Nana.”
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, husband
of 59 ½ years, Milton Woods, Jr. and son, Kelly Milton Woods. She is
survived by her daughter, Mary Louise Woods Groves (Vaughn),
daughter-in-law, Barbara Woods, grandchildren Patrick Milton Woods,
Courtney Groves Winters (Zack), Meghan Groves (Colin), Lauren
Groves Sullivan (Scott), Hart A.V. Groves, Joshua Groves, Dominique
Woods (Emily), great-grandchildren Brietta Woods Myers, Eliza Hart
Winters, Grey Groves, Bentley Woods, Holden Woods, three great-
great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roberta will be buried next to her husband, Milton. In light of
COVID-19, a family only gravesite service was held on May 31st. If
you would like to honor Roberta, please consider a donation to
Summersville Memorial Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.