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Roberta Butts Boardman


1938 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
October 4, 1938 - September 18, 2015 Roberta Butts Boardman, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully with family by her side on September 18, 2015 in Northridge, California, after a long illness from lung cancer. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley to Robert Shannon and Juliet Montague Butts, Roberta, a self-proclaimed "original Valley Girl", started her volunteer career as young girl watching her attorney father dabble in some very interesting political campaigns. Being involved in the political arena came naturally to her. She was a Girl Scout Leader for 14 years, active in the Western Baseball Assn, Volunteers In Service to America, and the San Fernando Valley Fair. Current volunteer activities include the Local Area Chambers of Commerce, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, San Fernando Valley Girl Scout council, Haven Hills, West Valley PALS, Guadalupe Youth Center, Sherwood Forest Homeowners Assn, 4H Clubs, San Fernando Valley Model A Ford Club, San Fernando Valley Advisory Commission for Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, League of Women Voters, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn, Mid-Valley Police Council, L.A. Philharmonic Affiliates, and the San Fernando Valley Chapter of The National Women's Political Caucus. After being a stay-at-home Mom until her youngest son started Jr. High School, she became a VISTA Volunteer for 2 years, identifying and setting up programs for emergency food and housing for those in need in the North Valley. She then was hired to be part of L.A. City government, and held positions as Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus, Deputy to City Councilman Joel Wachs, Consultant with Delphi Assoc, Executive Director of the Tarzana Chamber of Commerce and Office Administrator for the California State PTA. Roberta and her husband, Dallas, traveled the world. For fun they tooled around in their 1931 Ford slant window 4-door sedan, a 1928 Ford coupe with rumble seat, a DeLorean, a Think Neighbor Ford or the classic Mustang. Roberta is survived by her children, Bridget Winnett, Julie White, Wendy Cox and Robert Boardman, nine grandchildren, three great grand children, twin sisters Shannon Silverman and Virginia Kelley and an abundance of friends and family. Roberta is now with her departed soul mate, Dallas, who left her in March of 2009. Their ashes will now be joined and scattered from Point Lobos over the winds of the Pacific Ocean. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2PM on October 10th at LIFEhouse Church located at 18355 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roberta's honor to the National Women's Political Caucus (SFV Chapter), 5757 Owensmouth, Unit 11, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2015
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