Roberta Taylor, 82, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died at the local hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
She was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Orient, S.D., to Marcus and Sadie VonAhn. She was raised in South Dakota until she was 8 years old, then moved to Junction City and Cascade Locks in Oregon, where she graduated from high school.
She married Robert Taylor in 1951 in Cascade Locks. She lived in The Dalles for 43 years. She worked as a waitress, cook, in accounting, 15 years for Migrant and Indian Services and 11 years as a receptionist for Columbia Basin. She was a member of First Christian Church, Senior Center and Celilo Center. She enjoyed exercising, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren and went paragliding at the age of 80.
She is survived by her children, Lynda Moore, Becky Watne, Rod Taylor, Bob Taylor and Todd Taylor; adopted son-in-law, Gordon Mountainchief; sisters, Gwen Tidyman, Charlean Bizal and Shirley Baqnal; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and a son, Bill.
Private cremation was at Win-Quatt Crematory in The Dalles with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service is set for Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church in The Dalles.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions to be sent to PO Box 17, The Dalles, OR 97058.
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