- Date of passing: Oct 19, 2016
- Place of passing:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|So much left to give|
On Oct 19, 2016, DJ passed away at home surrounded by love and in peace after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, Erskine Roberts, two daughters, Asha and Imani, her mother, Barbara, two brothers and wealth of loved friends.
Per her wishes, her ashes will travel with her beloved husband again to their favorite oceans of the world so that she may be one with the seas that she loved. Whenever you are at the beach next, think of her fondly and know that despite her medical adversity she ultimately knew a happiness founded in unconditional love that most never achieve so utterly & completely in life.
Her ardent desire was that you remembered the good times, her love for you and that you see her passing through the words of Canon Henry Scott Holland:
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.
In rememberance of her, please keep all cancer patients in your thoughts as, "They are still fighting; fight with them." (Lisa DJ Roberts) and please donate to the following charities:
• Breast Cancer Research Foundation
• Cancer Research Institute
• Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (Any member)
"I know you watching over us all. Say hi to my Daddy. Love you and miss you!"
"What words are sufficient enough to express such a deep sorrow. Mom, I want you to know that you are forever my hero! I will never look up to anyone in the same way. Your strength and character alone speak volumes. Your energy radiated and function like a gravitational pull, bringing everyone closer to you. I don't know what to say that I haven't already said. There's nothing else to say. I just try to ignore it. The knot that's in my throat is so hard to swallow. Mother. You will be forever missed and loved so dearly and so much."
"DJ, as I think of "a reason, a season, a lifetime," I am fortunate to know you will always hold a lifetime spot in my life. I miss you DJ. I love you for the rest of my life!
I miss you a lot!
"Dearest DJ: Just in case you can still hear me up there... You are one of the sweetest ladies that I've ever been blessed to met. You were so gentle in your heart and tender in spirit. This is just a couple of the qualities that I appreciated about you. I will admit that I still think of you and our talks. I still go to your contact picture in my phone or visit your FB page to scroll through your pictures just to get a glimpse of you. My heart still refuses to accept that I will never be able to have a verbal conversation with you. BUT.... Again, just in case you can still hear me. Please know that you are very much loved, thought of and cared for and missed. <3 <3 <3"
"Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale."
"She always said that I came along when she needed me most but the truth was that she saved me simply by being herself.
-Miss you Baby"
"I had no idea she had passed, what a gifted person DJ was. So gifted, I hired her twice during the 15 plus years I knew her. She referred to me as Sensei, and I returned the compliment calling her Grasshopper, a homage to maritial arts. Every task I gave her, she did with such energy and determination. Never have I known someone I could depend on so much and be so loyal. I will miss her greatly."
"I met DJ in 2003 when we both worked at MarketSource. She was one of the most unique and “edgy” women I have ever had the privilege to know and I am honored that she considered me her friend. She was one cool lady, and as Erskine said, “she rode a mean motorcycle to boot.” She had a fantastic dry wit and a great sense of humor, too, as exemplified in some of my favorite pictures of her, taken at a Halloween party…she came dressed-to-kill in purple velour and leopard print as a female pimp :) She had a sort of quiet intenseness about her...I told her she reminded me of Danai Gurira’s character Michonne of “The Walking Dead.” And like Michonne and her walker-deadly katana samurai sword, Deej emanated a “speak softly and carry a big stick” vibe…but if you knew her, you also knew she had a huge heart.
Deej was pragmatic and would cut right to it. She had quite a sense of irony and knew how to put things in perspective. Although her cancer was terminal, when I saw her a couple of months ago, she had just found out that a new treatment protocol had yielded some excellent results and had, temporarily at least, appeared to have stopped the spread of her cancer. I said to her, “That’s great news!! What are you going to do to celebrate???” She said: “Live a little longer.”
Deej, the world is a far less interesting place without you in it…miss you. I hope that wherever you are, you’re tearing around on a motorcycle."
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