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12/22/1930 — 08/17/2020
From Pasco, WA | Born in Bismark, ND
Barbara Mae Roberts
December 22, 1930 – August 17, 2020
On Monday, August 17, 2020, Barbara Mae Roberts, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be with the Lord at the age of 89.
Barbara was born December 22, 1930 in Bismark, North Dakota to Wilbert Edward Berg and Margaret Drusilla Skagen. She graduated from Washington State College in 1951 and was married shortly after. Barbara was a dedicated homemaker, having raised four wonderful children.
As a young mother, she attended a morning Bible study where they would study the bible and encourage each other with the ups and downs of raising kids and life in general. In 2005, Barbara and a couple friends from the group began a book club that continued 10 years reading over 75 books. More recently, she enjoyed meeting with several from her Gideon Bible Study group. They called themselves the Gideon Girls.
Barbara was strong in her faith and attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kennewick, Washington. Barbara’s devotion to the Lord was evident in how she loved others. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed celebrating birthdays, weddings, sending cards, writing letters, family dinners and holidays. She had a way of knowing just how to make everyone in her life feel special. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her four children, Deborah S. Hobson, Diane E. Cannon, James K. Roberts, and Angela D. Tracy; 11 Grandchildren, Lisa (Shawn)Apking, Tara (Nathan) Bonner, Malina (Patrick) Knight and Briana Horton, Sara Cannon (Andy) and Laurie Cannon, Kristina Tracy, Sean (Gina) Tracy and Brittany Tracy, Heidi and Jacob Roberts; brother, Gaylen Berg; sister Judy Chapman; and 17 great-grandchildren, Julia (Jonny) Norio, Josiah and Joy Apking, Braxton, Annalise and Olivia Bonner, Isaac and Andrew Knight, Bayley, Amblin, MaryJane, Marley and Jaxon Horton, Isaac and Maryah Brasher, Mayci Beck and Gracelyn Roberts.
Barbara has been my dear friend ever since we first met nearly 40 years when we worked in the same real estate office in Lynnwood. Over the years we had so many wonderful times together – in Seattle, Tri Cities and in between! Barb was a lovely, kind, fun person whose friendship I treasured, and I am missing her – and will continue to miss her more than words can say. My sincerest condolences to her beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We all have a big hole in our hearts without her.
Being long distance was hard but it always meant so much to me that you sent a beautiful card and something from McDonald’s every birthday. It truly was a high point of every birthday. I was always excited going to the mailbox. I regret not doing more to thank you. I could never figure out what to put down on card other than I love you and that every ice cream I ever got with those cards reminded me of how sweet you were. Thank you Gigi for making me smile. Thank you for being the best! XO
Rest In Peace, Barbara. I always think of you and your family each time we go to Connell and visit my family. So many fun times at your house, listening to music, making up dance routines or experimenting different ideas with food. You always had a welcoming smile and a warm heart for all of those around you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Diane, Debbie, Jim, and Angie.
I’ve always admired you, you’re the most awesome GiGi! You’re beautiful cursive writing and words you wrote always brightened my day!I’ve kept every card from you. I loved you’re stories that you shared your beauty but also your strength , creativity and your special love!
GiGi, I love the strong and loving person God made you to be. I am grateful for your kind words and thoughtfulness. Always meant a lot to me. I know I got the most wonderful great grandmother! Love you always❤️
Barbara was a intuitive, kind, inspiring woman. Her attitude and her encouragement inspired me and my family.
It’s always hard to lose a wonderful Mother. Hugs for you all.
Barbara’s obituary is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person and friend. Barb will be missed by so many, her wonderful family, her church family, the Gideon “Girls”, and indeed – I will miss her – her texts, our long phone calls, and our visits over coffee. I have been richly blessed by Barbara’s friendship.
Barbara was a very warm gracious lady, strong in her beliefs. She will be dearly missed by all her friends and family.
I will miss our chats. Barbara was such a dear christian sister.
I’ve known Mrs. Roberts since I was 14 years old, as Angie, is my best friend. I have such great memories as I spent half my teenage years at her house! All the memories have been rushing back the past several weeks and they’re all remembered with a smile and/or a giggle. There are so many. I’m grateful to have been able to discuss those great memories with you recently, Mrs. Roberts. You will be missed. I hope you know how much I love you. You’ve now received your Angel wings, so fly high! Angie, Jim, Debbie, Diane, and the entire family, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.