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Roberta Drinkwater

Obituary for Roberta Drinkwater

December 2, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Roberta Jean Drinkwater was born on Friday, October 26, 1962 to Margaret M. and Richard F. Drinkwater of 312 Gilham Street, Philadelphia, PA. She was welcomed by two older sisters, Margaret M. Drinkwater and Joan C. Thomas, and one older brother, Richard J. Drinkwater. Roberta was born at Frankford Hospital. As a child, Roberta attended Lawndale United Methodist Church. She attended Lawndale Elementary School and Fels Junior High School. She also attended Frankford High School and graduated in 1980. Roberta participated in the high school choir and in school stage productions. Following high school, Roberta studied Elementary Education at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA, graduating with a B.A. in 1984.
Roberta began her career in teaching in Christian education. Over several years of teaching, she taught at Holmesburg Christian Academy, Cedar Grove Christian Academy and Gospel of Grace Christian School in Cheltenham, PA. At various times she taught English and Math, but her passion was for History. She particularly enjoyed U.S. Civil War history, even participating in reenactments as a part of the civilian reenactors. Her desire was to inform and inspire her students in the lessons of history.
Roberta was also very active in various ministries in her churches. She served faithfully at Calvary Baptist Church in the choir, junior church, youth group and ladies ministries. She became a member of Bethel Fellowship of Philadelphia and actively served in the music and children's ministries. Later, she became a member of Hope Community Church of Willow Grove, PA. She loved this ministry for the short time she was able to attend and felt very welcome there.
She is survived by her sisters, Peggy and Joan, her brother, Rich, and her sister-in-law, Sharon. Roberta loved her nephews and niece and doted on them over the years. She is survived by her nephew, Scott, his wife, Staci and their two children, Delani and Carson, her nephew, Brian, and her niece, Melissa and her husband, Caleb.
Roberta's true joy in life was her Lord. While still in college, she heard the Gospel and placed her faith and trust in Jesus Christ. As a teacher, Roberta would want her students to know their A, B, C's. As a Christian, she would want all her friends and family to know the A, B, C's of the Scripture.
A - "Admit" We must admit that we are sinners and that we are therefore under God's judgment. (Romans 3:23 – "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God")
B - "Believe" We must believe that God loves us in spite of our sin and that he has acted in Jesus Christ to remove sin and restore us to himself. (John 3:16 – "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.")
C - "Confess" We must confess our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. (Romans 10:9 – "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.")
Her true desire would be that you too would come to know her Savior and find this true joy in Christ.

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation and services on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Hope Community Church, 240 Reed Street, Willow Grove, PA 19090, beginning at 10:00 a.m., service 12:00 noon. Interment Private.
Donations in Memory of Roberta may be made to
Gospel of Grace Christian School 315 Central Ave. Cheltenham, PA 19012.

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