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Margaret Love Roberts-Collier

Margaret (Maggie) Love Roberts-Collier, 81, of Pikeville, formerly of Signal Mountain, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

Maggie, as she was affectionately called, was born to the late Homer and Edna Holt, September 17, 1929 in McRoberts, Kentucky. She graduated from Bledsoe County High School in 1948 and then went on to receive her BA in Business from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute of Cookeville in 1952. Upon graduating from college she was employed with TVA where she remained for 37 years as a Nuclear Administrative Engineer until her retirement in 1989. It was during this time that she met her first husband, Howard F. Roberts of Chattanooga in 1955. She was a devoted wife and mother of three. Howard passed away in April, 1975.

She resided on Signal Mountain for 34 years until 1990. It was then that the second chapter of her life began. She met Glenn Collier and they were married in May 1990. They moved back to the valley in Bledsoe County where they both were originally from and built a home which they shared until Glenn’s death in 2002.

She enjoyed cooking for friends and family, gardening, reading, and was a strong Republican party supporter in the community. She was also very strong in her Christian faith as a member of the Bethel Church of Christ. She considered her church members her second family. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Holt; sisters, Juanita Bates and Dorothy Sullivan.

She is survived by her three children, Steven H. (Sherri) Roberts; Marcia Barrett; both of Chattanooga, and Beth (Kevin) Gheen of Knoxville; grandchildren, Katie and Stephanie Barrett; great-grandchild, Jonathan Driscoll; niece, Joyce Hitchcox and nephew, Jay Sullivan, both of Pikeville. She will be dearly missed by all those that knew her and loved her.

A celebration of her life was held in the funeral home chapel on September 2 with Min. T.A. Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorial contributions in Maggie’s memory be made to Pikeville Church of Christ.

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Arrangements were made by Pikeville Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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