I learned to carefully Xerox test papers and to be sure that the lines of print were placed squarely and neatly on the original copy. Smudges were never acceptable, wrinkled pages were removed, and booklet covers were to be replaced once they showed signs of wear.
She prepared herself and those around her. We searched for unicorn stickers during the summer, Halloween spiders were ordered early in the fall months and carefully organized and placed within the children's packets. Special Christmas holiday treats for adults were ordered right after Halloween to ensure they would arrive on time.
I learned to be patient and listen to her stories. I know that she removed grapes from the Latin banquet because some of her students did more than eat them. Those who helped her do her yard work were paid with candy bars. I learned the names and personal stories of her contemporaries in Zionsville - who dated whom and all the intrigues that followed. On Sundays she taught a Sunday school class to the senior members of her church. She loved the people in the community who became a part of her life, her family. She worried about them and cared for them when they were in need.
I learned to respect the finished products of students. I still have the stories and projects her elementary students created years before I joined the Zionsville teaching community. Above all, I learned from Miss Roby that it is important to do one's best. Every unit of study, every paper and every card contained a lesson. Her handwriting was perfect, she was always on time; she was an amazing woman. Her porch was always open. Miss Roby loved visitors and delighted in the time each person spent in her home. Next to the door she placed a bowl of candy for any child or workman who stopped by just in case they were hungry.
She taught Latin well, she taught English and writing with joy, and she loved the little children with whom she spent her retirement. At the end of her ninety-one years, she said, "Maybe God will let me teach the gifted children who are in heaven."