Deanne Roberts, a prominent Tampa Bay business leader, founder of the ChappellRoberts public relations firm and a key advocate in the region's economic and cultural efforts to attract and keep young and talented adults, died Thursday morning after a four-year battle with cancer. Roberts was 59 and had split her time recently between homes in Maine and Tampa.
"In true Deanne style, she fought against her diagnosis with endless determination and unwavering bravery," said a statement from Ybor City-based ChappellRoberts, with whom she was still affiliated. "Withstanding nearly four times the amount of treatment most could endure, Deanne focused on 'charging the hill' and living her limited days to the fullest."
A service for Roberts will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Unity of Tampa Church, 3302 W. Horatio Ave. in Tampa.