Nancy Scott Robertson was born May 29, 1944, in Billings, Montana, to Doris and Keith Martin. Nancy lost her mother when she was two years old and she was raised for several years by her loving grandmothers, Martin and Beck. Her father married Jane Henk and they moved to Hardin, Montana.
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Nancy graduated from Hardin High School in 1962. She spent a year at the P.E.O. - sponsored Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, and completed her Bachelor of Science in child development at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Nancy was a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood for over 52 years in Hardin, Montana; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Bozeman, Montana.
She married Carl Robertson on Dec. 29, 1966, in Hardin, Montana, and they made their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Carl worked for the Department of Energy at Idaho National Laboratory. Carl retired in 2004 and they moved back to Montana settling into the home they built in Bozeman.
Nancy was an avid gardener and completed Master Gardener training in both Idaho and Montana. She developed an overall plan and then selected and planted all the shrubs, trees and flowers for the new Sunnyside Elementary School in Idaho Falls. Her flower and vegetable gardens at her homes in Idaho and Montana were beautiful and were truly second to none.
She was an award-winning quilter and displayed at the Eastern Idaho State Fair and at the Springville Quilt Show in Utah. Nancy was proud of the fact that she was a hand quilter in the tradition of her grandmothers. She was also a tailor and handmade many outfits for herself and her family. She was still using the same Singer sewing machine her Grandmother Martin gave her in junior high school up until the day before she died.
Nancy was very active in the Republican Party and served as secretary of the Bonneville County Central Committee, Gallatin County Central Committee and the Gallatin County Republican Women. In 2001, she was named Eastern Idaho Republican of the Year and in 2002, she served as an Idaho delegate at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nancy loved her family and many friends and will be missed by all. She is survived by her husband, Carl; sons, Donald Robertson in Idaho Falls and Timothy Robertson in Bozeman; and a daughter, Sarah Robertson in Idaho Falls. She had three grandchildren, Colin Robertson in Whittier, California, and Abby and Sam Robertson in Boise, Idaho. She also is survived by a sister, Judy Martin Willis in Bend, Oregon; and two brothers, Paul Martin in Phoenix, Arizona, and Karl Martin in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the P.E.O. Education Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Executive Office, Treasurer's Dept., 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50312 or the Gallatin Historical Society, 317 West Main St., Bozeman 59715.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson with interment to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 22, 2015