Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2010

Neighbors: Roberta Wilkes

November 11, 2010

Roberta Wilkes shares a little bit about herself in this week's Neighbors column.

Occupation: I am an attorney and ordained minister.

Place of birth: Riceville, Iowa

Family: Husband, Bill Dunn; sons, Robert, Michael and Patrick James; stepchildren, Lauren and Elliot Dunn

Q: When did you move to the area and what brought you here?

A: I moved my practice from Overland Park to Edwardsville in 1984 when I moved to Lake of the Forest. I later moved my residence to (Kansas City, Kan.) but have maintained my law office in Bonner since 1990.

Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

A: I’m not really much of a risk-taker I guess, although it was quite a step for me to begin law school when I was 30 years old, married, raising two adopted children plus a small one of my own.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

A: My grandfather who raised me owned a furniture store in Howard, Kan., which is a town of about a thousand people in southeast Kansas. He told me to work for myself whenever possible. Except for a few years in the 60s, when I worked as a legal secretary, I have followed his advice. I’ve never made a lot of money, but I have a freedom that makes up for a paycheck.

Q: What three things would you want people to know about you?

A: I am a very loyal friend. I am a musician and an author. I try to get along with people from all walks of life.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: A concert pianist.

Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?

A: Anywhere on the beach.


Song: “Ave Maria”

Color: All the jewel colors: red, yellow and emerald green.

Food: Anything Italian


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