Mary Ann Roberts

Mary Ann Roberts headshot

“Mary Ann was such a wonderful part of Columbia State,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “She loved this college and this community so much. She valued education and what it does for us as human beings and how it opens doors and opportunities for the community. Mary Ann believed in the college, its purpose and all that it does.”

Roberts served four terms on the Columbia State Foundation Board, beginning in 1999. During her time as a board member, Roberts was a supporter of the Performance Series and many other programs.

“It was a pleasure to serve with Mary Ann on the Foundation Board,” said Barry White, honorary trustee and former chair of the Columbia State Foundation Board. “Mary Ann was kind, helpful and generous to this community. She gave from the heart and we appreciate the relationship and friendship that we built with her.”

In addition to her service at Columbia State, Roberts was formerly treasurer for the Robert Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of Lipscomb University’s Legacy Society, a Girl and Boy Scout leader, president of the University Square Homeowners’ Association, member of the State House Manor HOA, a member of the Marshall County First National Bank Board and a member of the Church Street Church of Christ.

“She was a giver,” said Eddie Roberts, son of Mary Ann. “She believed in human progress and Columbia State was a channel for her to reach out further into the community and help people. I appreciate the love you shared with my mother.”

Roberts, 86, died Jan. 26, 2016. In her estate, Roberts left a significant gift to Columbia State.

“Mary Ann brought the Marshall County community to the college,” said Dr. O. Rebecca Hawkins, Columbia State president emeritus. “Her experiences in life, family, business and community made her the type of person we needed on the Columbia State Foundation Board. I appreciate the friendship we shared with Mary Ann over the years. The things that I learned from her are invaluable.”