Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes said Tuesday that her passing is not only a loss for her family and coworkers but also the children and families she served.
“She touched so many lives both in her role as a judge and advocate for Newton County’s juveniles and as a co-worker, peer and friend,” Banes said in a statement. “The sudden passing has definitely placed a void in our One Newton family but we know that her spirit of excellence will be felt for many years to come.”
On Monday, Juvenile Court Judge Stanley J. Rhymer in Walton County appointed Judge Roberts’ associate judge, Jenny Simchick Carter, to succeed Roberts until her term expires Dec. 31.
Roberts completed her bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia. She worked in banking for a while before returning to law school and obtaining her juris doctor degree from UGA.