Barbara was born on May 8, 1938, to James Revelle and Mary Elizabeth (Griffith) Collins in Archer City, Texas. After losing her mother at an early age, Barbara and her sister were raised by their devoted father. On May 29, 1958, Barbara married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Jimmy Roberts, in Lefors, Texas. Barbara attended West Texas State University and Texas Tech where she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Barbara taught school at Cooper ISD in Lubbock and Bellville ISD. After teaching for several years, she turned her focus to homemaking, raising her daughters, and traveling with her husband. Wherever Barbara lived, she found a church family whom she loved and supported, and was currently a member of Raintree Christian Church. She loved teaching whether it was at home, in public school or a children’s Bible class. She had a love for science, and enjoyed reading, sewing, playing games, and fishing.
Survivors include her daughters, Laura Bryan and husband Kevin, Melissa Gilliland and husband Richard, Nancy Pechacek and husband Andy; grandchildren, Christina Griggs and husband Nolan, Beth Bryan, Nolan Bryan, and Maddie Bryan, Michael Gilliland, Rebecca Gilliland, and Allen Gilliland, Clint Pechacek, John Pechacek and wife Madison, and Sam Pechacek; great-grandchildren, Brittany Bryan, Jackson Griggs, Alex Griggs, and Gwendolyn Griggs; sisters, Jane Bradfield and husband Howard, and Mary Chennault and husband Randy; brother-in-law David Roberts and wife Panze, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jim.
Because of her concern for the homeless and her passion for the Housing First Project in Lubbock, the family suggests donations to Carpenter’s Church, or Hospice of Lubbock from which she received excellent and compassionate care.