1926 ~ 2013|
Elaine Steed Roberts, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away, Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at American Fork hospital due to complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.
Born December 9, 1926, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Orzie and Eula Green Steed. The daughter of two teachers and musicians, Elaine grew up knowing the importance of hard work, education and music. The eldest of eight children, Elaine spent her life in service, not only to her husband, children, parents and siblings, but to countless nieces, nephews, in-laws, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors.
As a young woman, Elaine found joy in teaching. Educated at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Elaine taught school in a one room school in the northern territories of Canada, Raymond, Alberta and Provo High School. It was while teaching in Provo that she met her husband of 60 years, Jack Roberts. Introduced on a blind date, they were married in Canada on July 13, 1953, and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
They made their home in Lehi, UT, where they built their home, raised their three children: Jaclyn Eulann, Janice and John. While Jack worked at Geneva Steel for 40 years, they worked together at home raising a family, an orchard, sheep, calves, canning, and competing with Jack's two brothers for the most beautiful garden.
Elaine made everyone feel special. She made the best cakes, pies, and rolls in town. If you were her friend, you got an angel food cake for your birthday. She loved to sew, cook, and can. She loved to work in her garden and to go fishing with her family. She loved literature and music and serving in every capacity. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren.
She served in many capacities in the Lehi 4th Ward as Relief Society president, counselor, teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, baptismal coordinator and her favorite, greeter.
Elaine loved her Father in Heaven and her savior, Jesus Christ, and truly emulated what they taught by the way she lived her life. She leaves behind, her loving companion of nearly 60 years, Jack of Lehi, her three children, Jaclyn Eulann Roberts (Jeff Goldstein) of Seattle Washington, Janice Gray (Steve, deceased) Salt Lake City, John (Amy) Roberts, Lehi, 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and five brothers: Bruce (Donna), Robert (Colleen), David (Wilma), Barrie (Joan) and Wallace (Karen) and one sister, Katherine (Dennis) Pollack all of Alberta Canada.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Douglas (LaRene Phillips) and son-in-law, Dr. Steven Gray.
There will be a viewing at Wing Mortuary, 118 East Center Street, Lehi, UT, Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.. A graveside service will be held at Lehi Cemetery, 1100 North 400 East at 2:00 p.m on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Online guest book at wingmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 28, 2013