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Frances J. Roberts

Author of  Come Away My Beloved

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Frances J. Roberts's Bio:
Frances Roberts is a songwriter, a poet, and the author of nine books. After graduating from Moody Bible College, Frances served as a state director for Child Evangelism Fellowship, taught at a Spanish mission school, and worked as a professional accompanist. Eighty-eight of her hymns have been published. In 1964, she founded The King's Press and began releasing books. Over the last 30 years, she has sold over 1.5 million books. Frances has four grown children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and lives in Ojai, California.

Frances has since gone home to be with the Lord. Her obituary read:

"Frances J. Roberts, beloved author and gifted musician, died June 23, 2009 in Ojai, California where she had lived for the past 35 years. She was born Frances Marion Johnston February 4, 1918 to Leonard Henry and Georgiana Quigley Johnston in Vawter (Bradford County), PA.

"Frances was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Raymond Lewis Johnston, and her husband, Floyd B. Roberts. Mrs. Roberts is survived by four children, John B. Roberts of Michigan, Frances E. Roberts, Los Angeles, Richard C. Roberts, Sacramento, and Daniel L. Roberts, of Ojai; four grandchildren, David L. Roberts, James B. Roberts, Steven Michael Roberts, and Felicia Roberts, three step grandchildren, Robert Anderson, Joshua and Jason Phillips, and 2 great grandsons, Cayden S. and Colin J. Roberts, and one great granddaughter, Charlize Roberts. Frances attended school in Athens, PA and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1938.

"During her lifetime, Frances Roberts was involved in many areas of ministry including serving as a Director of Florida Child Evangelism Fellowship for 5 years during which time she wrote the very popular Wordless Book Song. Frances was an accomplished musician who wrote many hymns and over the years served as pianist and organist for various churches. Frances is most remembered for authoring many devotional books, the most notable of which is the classic Come Away My Beloved that has sold over a million copies and has been translated into numerous languages."