Profile: Local mom balances work, family

by Destinee Roberts/Staff Writer

Photo Caption: In the picture Ashley Roberts is serving lunch to kids during the summer at Kids Kamp in Greenfield.

Ashley Roberts is a lunch lady who serves food to the students at GCJHS, and this is her first job after being a stay at home mom for 11 years. She also has another job, which is a full time job in itself. She is a mom, and she works 24/7 between taking care of her family, and working as a lunch lady. How is Ashley reflected to other people?

When it came to school, Roberts just breezed by. She was very smart and she didn’t really have to try, it was as if everything just came natural to her. That was until she got pregnant with her first child at age 16.  She didn’t finish regular high school, but she did get her GED. 

By the age of 20 she was married to Kody Roberts with two children. With having children so young, you would think she is an extroverted person. Joy Burge-Potts, one of her closest friends, agrees with this and says, “She is always surrounded by others and thrives on taking care of whatever situation at hand.” Another of Roberts’ good friends and co-workers Kelli Sanborn says, “She is a strong, loving and a fiercely loyal person that would do anything for you.”

It was difficult for Roberts being a mother so young. She had so much support while raising her oldest child. She did not just have mental support, but also financial support as well. One thing that Sanborn says she admires about Roberts is, “Her perseverance and inner strength.” Burge-Potts agrees and she adds that, “Roberts today still remains the same on those aspects, but now it is just flowing through her.”

 With Roberts’ family supporting her throughout her life, she has lost one person that cannot support her anymore. Roberts had lost her mother on July 17 of this year. She said that this has been one of the hardest things for her to overcome. With the comfort of her great friends Sanborn, Burge-Potts, and her family, Roberts is slowly finding it easier to deal with her loss. 

Roberts had what she would describe as a “normal” childhood. She talks about how her brother, mother, and she had all gone on family vacations. One of her best memories from her childhood was with her life long best friend, Andrea Spencer. They had wanted to go camping, and it was supposed to rain that night, so they thought if they covered the porch in umbrellas that they wouldn’t get wet from the rain. Soon once the rain started to come in, they learned that it wasn’t a good idea.

As per Burge-Potts, she thinks that a quote to describe Roberts is, “She’s hardcore with a good heart, soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of woman you go to war beside – not against.” Roberts has been through some hard things in her life, and this quote fits her best. She didn’t give up when she got pregnant at 16, and didn’t care what people thought of her. 

Roberts has given up a lot in her life for her family. She gave up her dream of being a lawyer, or finishing college. She is the kind of person to put family before everything. Sanborn said, “Her personality is one that is laid back. She is fun and genuine.” If you knew her, you would know this, too.

She has one quote that she carries in her every day life. She says, “ Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” She says every time she says this quote, the memory of her and Spencer always pops into her head. Roberts “is the kind of person who brings out the best in people, just like her mom did,” says Sanborn.