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2017-07-13

Local DRT Registrar asked to serve on state committee

By Billie Nast Contributed

Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas received news that our Registrar, Roberta Himebrook, has been asked to join the State Membership Committee for this term by the State Registrar General. Roberta was selected “for her invaluable knowledge of DRT and her dedication.” We are so very proud of the good work that Roberta does as our registrar. We are lucky to have her. She is a devoted member and officer, always willing to help others.
As a child, Roberta lived in a number of places in Texas as well as Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Philippines. She was born at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, as her mother followed her father around the country before he was sent to Europe during WWII. She descends from the Hugh Parsons family.
She taught at the University of Texas in El Paso before marrying Lt. Richard Himebrook at Laredo AFB. They had known each other throughout their school years. Richard was a career Air Force Officer.
Richard and Roberta had a son, Les. He is very dear to her and very supportive. She participated in Scouts and children’s church activities as Les was growing up. He graduated from the Air Force Academy and was also a career Air Force officer, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Roberta has a wonderful daughter-in-law and two very special grandsons.
Roberta taught at Northern Arizona College while her husband was in Vietnam. When their son got older, she taught part time at Kent State and Bellevue College. She was the Assistant Dean of Women at Mississippi State College for Women. (Military wives move around a lot.) While her husband got his master’s degree at Texas A&M, she was the Weather Wives President at Texas A&M. She taught at New Mexico State-Alamogordo from 1983 to 2005. While there, she was the Division Head of Math, Science and Technology. She retired as Professor Emerita. She was named in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She received a state Award of Excellence for her Teaching and was named Woman of Merit 2006 by the Alamogordo News. She was the State President of the New Mexico Mathematics Association of Math Teachers of New Mexico Two Year Colleges. She was inducted into the NMMATYC Hall of Fame for Mathematics Teaching Excellence.
As they moved around the country, Roberta served as treasurer for several Officers Wives Clubs. While living in New Mexico, Roberta served as Regent for her DAR Chapter. She has been a DRT member since June 7, 1998, joining our chapter while living in New Mexico. She and her husband moved to Bandera, where Richard passed away in April 2014.
In retirement, she has not been idol. Her current activities are: active member of Caddel-Smith serving as our Chapter Registrar, President of Athena Study Club, Civil Air Patrol Personnel & Administration Officer for the South West Region – a 6 state area, member of Bandera United Methodist Church where she is on numerous committees, Leader of their Stephen Ministry, teaches a Bible study, and Chairman of the safety committee for her neighborhood. Her favorite and most honored activity is being a grandmother. She is a dear and faithful friend to one and all.