Gerda Roberts, age 94, passed away March 24, 2008. She was born April 4, 1913, in Coldwater, Mich., to Karl and Ragna (Myhra) Hansen.
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She came to Montana at the age of 2 with her parents who homesteaded in Eastern Montana in Richland County. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1930. In September of that year, she came to Bozeman.
The following year she met her future husband, John Milton Roberts, and they were married Aug. 9, 1932, in Townsend, and made their home in Bozeman.
Their life was interrupted by World War II, in which both served in the military. Milton was in the Navy Seabees and Gerda was in the Women's Army Corps. They both received their discharge in 1945 and returned to Bozeman where they made their home on Cottonwood Road.
John died April 25, 1992.
Gerda was a member of Bozeman United Methodist Church, Rebekah Lodge, and the American Legion Gallatin Post No. 14.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Helen; and her husband.
Survivors include her nephews: Jay (Zeta) Palmer of Houston, Texas, Steve (Vi) Palmer of LaFayette, Calif., Jim (Ellie) Roberts of Hingham, Mass.; and a niece, Wilma Hodges of Culbertson.
Cremation has taken place, and interment of ashes will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery. As per her request, no services are planned.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 27, 2008