Memorial Service for Roberta Mae Wilkins May, 1926-2017
Roberta Mae Wilkins was born August 9, 1926 to Goldie and Bessie Wilkins in Yuma, Colorado. She lived on the farm with her brother, Bert. She graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1944.
Roberta married Robert May on August 20, 1947 and they built a home in Eckley, Colorado where they lived for 49 years. They raised three children: Steven, Theta and Leana. During that time Roberta was active in the local Royal Neighbor of America chapter, Eastern Star and the Eckley Community Church. She should have received an honorary ribbon at the county fair for all the seams she ripped out for her daughters’ sewing projects. She loved working in her garden, was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed knitting and other handcrafts. Her grandchildren have many handmade Christmas ornaments.
In 1983 Bob and Roberta bought a winter home in Tucson, Arizona and enjoyed many warm winters there. Their home there had shade trees and a front lawn, something quite rare in a town of saguaro cactus and rocks. She said she felt like “newlyweds but with money” while they were furnishing their home in Tucson.
Bob and Roberta moved to Yuma in 1996. Bob died in 2002. Roberta moved to Longmont in 2006 to be with her daughter, Leana. She lived in various senior housing apartments where she enjoyed having friends at the dinner table and many community activities to attend.
Roberta left this earth for heaven on October 26, 2017 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, brother Bert Wilkins, infant sister Rosella, and niece Sandra Wilkins. She is survived by her children Steven of Ft. Collins, Theta Dame of Tilden, NE, Leana and Dennis Zlaten of Longmont and sister-in-law Merle Wilkins. She has seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and four nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday September 15, 2018 at the Eckley Cemetery. Catered lunch will follow at the Eckley Community Center.
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