JO MURIEL “JODY” ALFORD ROBERTS
1925 TX – 1995 TX
Source unknown, but possibly:
Houston, Harris Co., TX—_____ November
Jo Muriel Alford Roberts, affectionately known
to family and friends as Jody passed away on Sunday, November 19, 1995. Mrs.
Roberts was born on October 8, 1925 in Houston, Texas. In 1946, she received
her Registered Nurse certificate from St. Mary’s Hospital at Port Arthur,
She served as a Red Cross volunteer from 1968
until 1995, receiving the Clara Barton award, the highest ward given to a
volunteer. She also received the Golden Triangle Award from the Commodore
Longfellow Society, reflecting her work with the Red Cross.
Survivors include her husband, C.O. [Clarence
Orval] (Bobby) Roberts; son, Michael; daughter, Rebecca Jo; three
grandchildren, Christopher, Stefanie and Kayla.
Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at,
Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, where the family will be present
from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for visitation. Funeral services will be held at
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 1995 from the chapel of Geo. H. Lewis
& Sons. Graveside Services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Cook Cemetery in
Liberty, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce Stratton, George Burns,
C.P. Loucks, Ray Jennings, John Townley and Dr. Richard Kercheval. In lieu of
flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Red Cross or the
Commodore Longfellow Society, P.O. Box 190, Whitewright, Texas 75491.
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death (_____Nov 1995) dates
of Jo Muriel Roberts (SS# issued in TX), last residence Houston, Harris Co.,
We included the obituaries of her mother, Thelma
Mildred Farris Alford Brewer; stepmother Mary Elsie May Alford; and brother
Raymond Newton Alford in Texas Obituaries; and of her father, Raymond Guy
Alford, in Alabama Obituaries.
Jody joined AAFA just six weeks before her
death. She was the daughter of Raymond Guy Alford and his first wife, Thelma
For more information about this family, see
AAFA’s published genealogy, Known
Descendants of Salvator Alford and Elizabeth Reynolds.
Her lineage: Jo Muriel 1925 TX1,
Raymond Guy 1901 AL2, James Thomas 1873 AL3, Jacob Wesley
1847 AL4, Leven Ellis 1814 GA5, William 1787 VA6,
William 1741 VA7, Salvator 1716 VA8.
By Ramona Gwen Alford Darden, AAFA #0715, and
Jo Muriel Alford Roberts, known
to her family and friends as “Jody,” passed away of a massive stroke in
Houston, Texas, on November 19, 1995. She devoted most of her adult life
volunteering as a nurse. In 1946 she received her nursing certificate from St.
Mary’s Hospital at Port Arthur, Texas. Her first real test came in 1947 during
the Texas City explosion—she was among the first nurse volunteers to arrive and
render aide. She gave years of service to the Liberty and Harris County Red
Cross emergency disaster relief.
Beginning in 1968 she was on the
volunteer staff of 20 American Red Cross national Aquatic Schools as Nurse. It
was always known that Jody would not report for work in the morning until she
was dressed in the sparkling white of her uniform—even in the lakeside “rough”
camps. She always had every hair in place and her makeup was perfect. Once a
patient was turned over to Jody, all present could relax. She knew just what
needed to be done and she put everyone present at ease with her
Among her most prized awards was
the Golden Triangle Award from the Commodore Longfellow Society. The Society
was organized in 1951, four years after the death of Wilbert E. Longfellow,
with the objective of commemorating and perpetuating the memory of this pioneer
in lifesaving, both in the water and on land. The means selected was an
organization that recognized the followers of Longfellow who best epitomize his
spirit of service to others and who were dedicated to carrying on the “crusade
of saving lives.” In 1991, this national organization chose Jody as the only
recipient for that year.