Myers, Lela Marie

Birth Name Myers, Lela Marie
Gender female
Age at Death 73 years, 7 months, 14 days


KC Star, October 1919:
Miss Lela Myers Home From Overseas
"Miss Lela Myers has returned from overseas where she served two years under the direction of the Knights of Columbus. Miss Myers, with other girl performers, gave many concerts in England, Scotland, France and Germany. She left Kansas City in October, 1917. Miss Myers is at the residence of Mrs. Hattie Burke, 840 W 40th St." (she played trombone with Cora Youngblood Corson's Band)
[Kyle: I have many photos, letters, and memorabilia she kept from her tour. One photo in France labels all the girls:
Gladys Crank
Grace Acton
Simone Hamel
Cora Y. Corson
Alice Heath
Ida Mundell
Clairette Hamel
Ethel M Hiatt
The Hamel sisters later formed "Hamel Musical Misses".]
James P Gregory's documentary includes the tour:

born Capioma, Nemaha Co, KS (from Kansas Census)
1905 Arkansas City, Cowley Co, KS (from Kansas Census)
1915 Ottawa, Franklin Co, KS (from Kansas Census)
1917 Ottawa, KS (from Ollie's WW1 Draft Registration)

June 10, 1971
The Kansas City Times from Kansas City, Missouri ยท Page 26:
MRS. JAMES A. McROBERTS Mrs. Lela Marie McRoberts, 5647 Granada, Mission, died Tuesday at the Menorah Medical Center. She was born in Nemaha County, Kansas, and had lived in this area 60 years. She was a member of the Central Bible Church. During World War I she toured Europe with an orchestra to entertain troops. She leaves her husband, James Alexander McRoberts of the home; two sons, James A. McRoberts, Jr., of the home, and Loren McRoberts. Dallas, Tex.; a daughter, Mrs. Lee Davenport, Prairie Village, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Newcomer Brush Creek Chapel; graveside services 11 a m. Monday at the National Cemetery, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the chapel. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions to the Central Bible Church. Camp Del Haven, or the City Union Mission.

note by grandson: she was a very strict mother and grandmother, but seemed devoted to helping those around her. Most of my memories of her are cooking in the kitchen. Exceptionally devout Christian, she was very involved with Central Bible Church in KC, MO and other bible studies, and often brought it up in everyday activites. Altho we spent holidays and family gatherings at my grandparents' house, not many times were one or more of us kids there alone, considering we lived less than 5 miles away.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1897-10-25 Capioma, Nemaha County, KS    
Event Note

based on 1895 Census and 1899 Nemaha County land deed to her father.

Death 1971-06-08 Kansas City, Jackson, MO    
Cause Of Death     Heart Attack  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Myers, Daniel Wallace Jr1858-08-211918-01-02
Mother Gage, Adah Montes1862-09-011937-03-01
    Brother     Myers, Clarence Virgil 1881-12-15 1919-06-13
    Brother     Myers, Orange Freddie 1885-04-21 1949
    Brother     Myers, Lester Harry 1886-11-23 1957-04-30
    Brother     Myers, Lloyd Raymond 1889-07-14 1929-02-25
    Brother     Myers, Olie Melvin 1893-06-17 1960-12-27
    Sister     Myers, Pearl Edith 1895-09-22 1954-06-02
         Myers, Lela Marie 1897-10-25 1971-06-08
    Sister     Myers, Vera Viola Vernice 1901-07-10 1964-07-09


Family of McRoberts, James Alexander and Myers, Lela Marie

Married Husband McRoberts, James Alexander ( * 1893-11-23 + 1975-12-26 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1921-03-21 Ottawa, Franklin, KS   1

I believe they first lived in KC, MO (4430 Highland in 1930 census) with Lela's mother, Adah, but during 1930 they moved to Wichita, KS (544 N Estelle Ave). They moved to 4104 Greenbrier Dr, Dallas, TX in June 1, 1941 and lived there until ~1954, when they moved back to KC (house at 5647 Granada Ln, Roeland Park, KS).

1950 Census Dallas, TX. (James A, Lela M, Lavera L), Jim is a "Freight Agent" for the railroad.

Note: James appears twice in 1930 Census -
1) Boarder in Wichita, KS
2) head of hh in KC, MO with Lela, James, Loren, and Adah Myers.

They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 21, 1971, 3 months before Lela died.

Name Birth Date Death Date
McRoberts, James Armand1921-10-251977-09-29
McRoberts, Loren Myers1924-01-071974-05-15
McRoberts, Lavera Lee1935-02-102005-12-31


Type Value Notes Sources
Maternal Haplogroup J2b1a M241

Source References

  1. KS Court Records online