Roberta Lee Strawn Higley was born August 21st, 1935 to Forrest Francis Strawn and Mary Helen Bates Strawn in Pocatello, Idaho. She spent her childhood with her sister and best friend, Beverly Rae. The two became known as Bobbie and Billy and they attended schools in Pocatello. Later years brought her more siblings; Kathie Jo, Dan, Steve, Teresa and a beloved step-father, Wallace Reade.
Roberta married Stan Ballard and gave birth to John Edward. While attending Grimms Business College, she later met and married Bob Coleman and with him, she had Cherilyn Helen in Oklahoma.
On July 3rd of 1964 she married Lorin Dewey Higley in Elko Nevada, gaining two step-children, Harold and Kathleen. While living in Roseburg Oregon, she gave life to Lorin Benjamin. They later moved to Springfield, Oregon where Loralee Jo was born. In 1967 they moved to Alberta Canada and in 1968 they moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia where Kori Roberta was later born.
Roberta created homes for her family in Cobble Hill, Mill Bay and later in the city of Duncan where a big rambling old house allowed them to take in a family of four foster children. Mary Moore later returned to her own father, but the family adopted Loralee Rose, Nancy Caroline and Robin Edward Carmichael who were ¼ native Canadians.
In 1980 the family moved to Las Vegas where Roberta stayed for 30 years except for a short stint in Upland California while Lorin furthered his schooling. Called Bobbie by most, she made many friends and mothered more kids while working at Jack in the Box and later Miller’s Steak House.
Teaching Lamanite Seminary while on the island was a particular joy that brought about a love of the indigenous people of the land. She delighted in being a Visiting Teacher to the native sisters in the Duncan Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also served as Primary President, Relief Society teacher and ward and stake librarian for many years.
She was a long standing active member of TOPS#NV, 103 and later TOPS#UT,36, Roy where she received an award for 30 years of continuous membership.
Her artwork and crafting skills have left us with many mementos of her talents.
Roberta was an amazingly strong person that battled different cancers, multiple brain tumors and other health problems. In 2011 after yet another health crisis, her daughters took her to Utah to live with them so that they could care for her physically and manage her health care. In West Point and surrounds, she brought many smiles to faces and became known as “the hat lady” for her beautiful selection of hats that were always carefully coordinated with her clothing, jewelry and purses.
Roberta passed very peacefully on October 19th, in Layton Utah, surrounded by her daughters.