Robertha Catherine Carroll-Yarberough, an elementary teacher for more than three decades, died of lung cancer Saturday at her Reservoir Hill home. She was 54.
Born Robertha Catherine Carroll in Baltimore and raised in Cherry Hill and Reservoir Hill, she was a 1968 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned her bachelor's degree in education from what is now Morgan State University. She earned a master's degree in special education from what is now Coppin State University.
At her death, she was working toward a doctorate at Towson University.
She joined the city school system in 1972 and taught at numerous elementary schools, including Eutaw-Marshburn, Collington Square, Federal Hill and Graceland Park-O'Donnell Heights.
Mrs. Carroll-Yarberough regularly helped to feed downtown homeless people and was a member of Greater Paradise Christian Center, where funeral services were held Tuesday.
Survivors, all of Baltimore, include her husband of 35 years, Gregory P. Yarberough, a U.S. Postal Service mechanic; three sons, Akeem Yarberough, Hashim Yarberough and Aisheem Yarberough; a daughter, Akei Yarberough; a brother, Kevin Carroll; three sisters, Brenda Carroll-Stokes, Joan Carroll-Arrington and Patricia Carroll-Bishop; and four grandchildren.