Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Imagene "Gene" Conro Roberts

October 30, 1932August 5, 2019

Imagene "Gene" Conro Roberts was born in Crosbyton, Texas in 1932 to Jack Leonard Conro and his wife, Julia Etta Potter Conro, she attended Grade School there in Crosbyton. During WWII, her father was recruited to use his mechanical skills to help the war effort at Brooks Aid Field in San Antonio. His inventive skills were recognized with a decoration. During the years that the family lived in San Antonio, her younger sister, Judy Conro Riley was born.

After the war was over the family returned to their home in Crosbyton, where her father was the Service Manager of the local Ford Dealership. She excelled in school and was asked to deliver the commencement address when she finished Middle School.

In High School, she was voted, by her peers, to be the Pep-squad Sweetheart her Senior year. During her Junior year she met and fell in love with classmate, S. Gary Roberts. They were married after graduation and celebrated their 68th Anniversary January 21, 2019 here in Austin.

Their union produced one child, Brenda Roberts Ermis of Austin, Texas. This loving daughter has four children with her husband, Terry Joe Ermis and nine Grandchildren.

Her husband, Gary, was a Realtor in Austin for 25 years and assisted her in researching, writing and publishing four family history books on genealogy. They were recruited to be volunteers, as a couple, for the International Executive Service Corps to serve overseas on ten projects for the USAID and the U. S. State Department. These projects were focused on helping people in developing countries make a better living for their families. One of their projects took them—literally, around the Earth.

“Gene’s” hobbies were volunteering, bird watching, sewing, fishing, traveling and shell collecting, just to name a few—including seeing what Gary was going to come up with next. Her butterfly collection of more than 5,000 was donated to The Texas Natural Science Center, University of Texas Insect Collection in June of 2011. If you were the recipient of her mischievous sense of humor, you knew that you were someone special to her.

Her warm smile, generosity and kind heart will be missed by those who happened to meet her and intensely by those who knew and loved her.

May she now and forever-- REST IN PEACE.

A graveside service honoring Gene will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Austin Memorial Park, located at 2800 Hancock Drive in Austin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org


  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 8, 2019


Imagene "Gene" Conro Roberts

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