Roberta was a teacher at Jefferson & Anthony Elementary schools in Muncie, Indiana. Her family helped to found the Avondale United Methodist Church. She was a avid reader and enjoyed traveling. Member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Sigma Delta Pi, the Lady Lions, Indiana State Teachers Association, NEA, and mutiple bridge clubs. On 31 May 1939 in Muncie, IN, she married Robert Earl Bookout. They have two children.