Roberta Smith DeFord, 97, passed away Monday, May 7 in Starkville. She was a longtime resident of Duncan and had moved to Starkville 3 years ago. She was a member of Duncan Baptist Church.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, J.E. DeFord and daughter, Carolyn Cash. Visitation was 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale. The service followed at 1:30 p.m. Burial was at Oakridge Cemetery.
Mrs. DeFord enjoyed working in her yard and was known for growing beautiful roses and mowing with her John Deere mower up into her 80s.
Survivors include son Alvis DeFord (Donna) of Starkville. 4 grandchildren Michael (Anna) Cash, Lisa DeFord Anderson (Bill), Logan (Robin) DeFord, and Locke DeFord; 5 great grandchildren Jordan and Grey Cash, and Megan, Parker, and Pierce Anderson.
Memorials may be sent to Duncan Baptist Church.