Grace Roberts, 93, of Billings, known for her gardening and cooking, died Friday, July 12, 2013, after suffering a stroke a few days earlier.
She was born April 9, 1920, in Montrose, S.D., a daughter of Charles and Theresa Kapaun. She went to school in South Dakota with her three brothers and four sisters, even being taught for a while by her oldest sister, Eva.
After high school, she lived in Breckenridge, Minn., and worked in the hospital there. She met Paul Roberts while he was serving in the Navy, and they married on Jan. 8, 1946, in Frazee, Minn., after his service overseas and his honorable discharge in 1945.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts built a home in Pryor Creek, where they farmed, gardened, raised their children and were active members of St. Charles Mission Church for more than 50 years.She and her husband traveled to China and throughout the United States. After Mr. Roberts died in 2004, she lived at Highgate Senior Living and Valley Healthcare.
Survivors include three children, Sharon Bailey of Powell, Wyo., Vernon Roberts of Helena and Venieta Cox of Billings; six granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Eva Hanisch, Leila Wokasch and Margaret Borah.
Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon at the Knights of Columbus will follow the interment.
Memorials may be made to Billings Area Catholic Education Trust or St. Charles Mission.