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Harnett County man remembers wife killed by lightning

Posted April 14, 2015

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— A Harnett County man is mourning the loss of his wife, who died Sunday after she was struck by lightning on Thursday morning.

Mary Frank "Frankie" Roberts, 56, of Spring Lake, was walking her two dogs in the Anderson Creek area when she and her dogs were struck.

"I came outside and I said, 'Frankie' and didn't hear anything so I looked in the garage and the door was open. I knew she had taken the dogs out," said her husband, Dan Roberts. "I walked around the front yard and there she was laying there and both dogs were at her feet."

Roberts said his wife loved animals and enjoyed playing golf - a game she learned late in life.

"We needed to find a woman who could hit from the red tees and we finally found her," he said.

Family and friends are not remembering the tragic way she died but are instead celebrating the wonderful way she lived.

"And how happy she was, how much she loved and loved giving to people," Dan Roberts said. "They've got a real angel in heaven now."

Frankie Roberts is also survived by five children and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. inside the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel in Fayetteville.

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