Carma Carlson Roberts
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St. George, Utah
Carma C Roberts, age 87, passed away peacefully on Sat. April 13, 2013. She was born in Manti, UT the last of five children to Wilford Silas (Dick) and Martha Jenette Mortensen Carlson. Mom's childhood memories are of spending winters during her grade school years being raised in Zion Park at the Court of the Patriarchs. She was baptized as were her siblings Rex M. Carlson, Glen M. Carlson, Edna Mae Carlson and Evelyn Carlson Erickson in the Manti temple. Carma did not attend the LDS church most her adult life, but loves and was blessed by her Heavenly Father and believed she is sealed to her parents now. As a teen Carma lived in Salina, UT with her sister Evelyn whose husband Bud fought in WWII. Both girls worked for Zion Lodge and Carma also served in Sun Valley when Grandpa built the lodge there. She graduated Salina HS and long outlived 3 ex-husbands. In 1945 Carma briefly married veteran Vernon Liston. Later Carma married Jay Leo Robinson in SLC, UT where she lived most of her life. They had one child together, her daughter Rebecca Ann (Becky Hansen) Schara (Robert).On July 23, 1960 in Elko, NV Carma married the love of her life, Richard (Dick) A. Roberts and they had 24 years together raising "yours, mine, and ours" all girls. She moved to his house on Utahna Dr. in Murray and worked hard for the family she loved dearly. Carma had 2 step-daughters: Denise Rene Roberts (deceased) and Diana Gay Roberts Miller (Donn) of Henderson, NV. Dick & Carma welcomed #4: Shauna Louise Roberts Sumpter (Brian) of Martinez, CA. Carma was an expert seamstress and her greatest talent was skill with embroidery, knitting and crochet. Look a-like dresses were something Carma created and made all the clothes when her girls were young from simple tops to tailored coats. During her years in SLC Carma worked at Hot Shoppes downtown, then Zellerbach Paper Co. in accounting where she was retired. In 1973 Carma & Dick moved to Las Vegas, NV where she worked at Circus Circus Casino. Carma liked Vegas and was involved in civic organizations and was elected president of the Opti-Mrs club for 1978-79. During the 10 years there, Becky bore her only granddaughter Amber Marie Hansen. Later at the birth of her first grandson Daniel A. (Dax) Hansen Carma returned to SLC. Dax and Lauren Elizabeth (Stephan) Hansen delighted her with great grandchildren: Jack Owen Hansen, age3 and Norah Grace Hansen, age 1, all of SLC. Shauna is mother of two more grandsons: Matthew Joseph Piranio and Tannin James Ray Sumpter all of Martinez, CA. Carma worked for the Sheraton Hotel in SLC, but her most loved career was with the Convention Visitors Center. She loved being uptown SLC, especially during the 2002 Winter Olympics. She bloomed again socially joining American Business Women's Association and enjoyed theatre & musical performances, puzzles, card games and smoking. Nearing 80 she moved to Tallahassee, FL where she worked part-time until 85 at Cracker Barrel gift shop. Carma was that sweet little lady who loved to smile. She gave an oral history at the 2009 "Century of Sanctuary" Zion National Park employee's anniversary representing all the Carlson clan with vivid memories. In 2011 Becky & Bob moved back home to Utah with her to enjoy Zion year round. There Carma would share the old tales rocking in a chair at the lodge. She now resides in the arms of Jesus and has had a guardian angel surrounding her all of her life there is no doubt. "Whenever I see a rose I think of my Mother!" Remembrance of Carma C Roberts will be scheduled in mid-May allowing for travel of family and close friends.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Apr. 21, 2013