Neighbors: Roberta Wilkes
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