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Roberta "Fathema" Olga Louise Ford

September 2, 1987May 25, 2021
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Roberta Olga Louise Ford passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2021, at age 33. Known affectionately as ‘Fathema’ by her family and close friends, she was born in Queens, New York, on September 2, 1987. She was the only child of Gary Ford and Donna Marie Gatlin. Roberta was a bright child with a contagious laugh and an innovative spirit.

In her young years, she enjoyed horseback riding, tennis, reading, and playing musical instruments. Roberta’s favorite cartoon show was SpongeBob Squarepants, and at one point, she even owned a SpongeBob-designed TV set! In her teen years, she moved to Palm Coast, Florida, and graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School in 2006. Roberta attended Greensboro College in North Carolina, where she majored in psychology. Upon her return to Palm Coast, Roberta pursued a career in customer service and used her infectious personality to help people. Roberta loved music, sports, and animals. She was a great dancer and liked to get the party started!

In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, amusement parks, going to the movies, and visiting the beach. She will be greatly missed. Roberta is survived by her father and her grandparents, Olga and Leonard Ford. She is also remembered by her extended family, including many aunties, uncles, and cousins residing in the United States, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom.

Visitation will be held on June 7, 2021, at 10:30 am at Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, Florida. Funeral Service will be held on June 7, 2021, at 2:00 pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL. Interment Ceremony will be held on June 7, 2021, at 3:15 pm at Flagler Memorial Gardens, 511 Old Kings Road South, Flagler Beach, Florida. Those who wish to remember Roberta in a special way may make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans Charity in her name.


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    Monday, June 7, 2021

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    Monday, June 7, 2021


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 7, 2021


  • Interment Ceremony

    Monday, June 7, 2021


Roberta "Fathema" Olga Louise Ford

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Lacey Davis

June 11, 2021

I loved Ms, Roberta so much. The first time we met , I was pregnant with my son and she was all about the baby love. She introduced herself and said “I say some off the wall things, you’ll have to excuse that.” I said “oh we’ll get along great!” And we definitely did. There were many ups and downs at work but we made each other laugh every chance we got.

Denise Van Winkle

June 10, 2021

I loved Roberta. I worked with her at Publix and we would sometimes hang out at my house. She had such a kind spirit and always made me laugh. Though I haven't seen her in awhile, she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with Roberta and her loved ones.

Rachael ONeill

June 9, 2021

My heart and prayers are with y’all always.
I only had the pleasure of knowing Roberta since March, it was not long enough. We instantly connected, I enjoyed every time I spent with her. Her spirit was so bright and she has forever touch my soul.
You will be greatly missed My Beautiful Friend!!
I love you, Rest In Peace

Shaneke Ellis

June 7, 2021

Rest in eternal peace my beautiful cousin. I have so many great memories with you - from our movie nights when we lived in NY, labour day parade in Brooklyn and so many sleep overs where we would dance with our cousins and stay up late and chat for hours.

You were always a joy to be around, with your infectious smile and great personality.

Thank you so much for always keeping in touch with me - I miss our long calls and I am so sorry you never got to visit me in London as planned. Love you always cuz - you will never be forgotten.

My condolences to the whole family and thank you Aunty Olga for doing such a great job raising this remarkable young woman.

Robert Miller

June 7, 2021

A Bright Beautiful Smile Always Greeted Me Hi Uncle Robert whenever We Met You Always Made Me Laugh. Our Last Conversation Was WIth Mum And We Was All Laughing And That’s How I Will Remember You Roberta Fathema Ford May You Sleep Tight beautiful Lady ❤️

Faith Johnson-McDaniel

June 7, 2021

To the Family,

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the whole Ford family. You have our love and prayers at this difficult time.

Faith and Keith McDaniel
Callen and Esther Cordero
Vashti Johnson

King King Mcmeekin

June 6, 2021

Thank you for always being Kind loving and helping me Grow to 2nd Grade. Love and miss you MY Fathema 😃.


Jenny Wilson

June 6, 2021

Dear Fathema
While writing this message, we are still in shock from your sudden passing but please know that we will always remember you with love and deep affection.
You were always kind, helpful and respectful and always prepared to go out of your way to help us.
Your caring nature, smile, sense of humour and vibrant presence will be deeply missed.
May you rest in eternal peace.
With love Aunty Jenny, Uncle David, Nathan & Natalie x x x x

Dujuan DJ Mcmeekin

June 6, 2021

My Condolences and My Heart goes out to the whole Family. Remebering Fathema for the many Memories Time and Smiles We shared. ❤ BFF

Arlene P Weekes

June 5, 2021

Fat Fat,
Thinking of all our the years we spent together over 28 years.

You will always have a special place in my heart.

I pray that God has you in the palm of His hands now.

Aunty Arlene (Shomari and Subira xxx