|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1964|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2010|
Roberta Perkins passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly in her sleep at her home on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.
She was born in Inglewood, California on April 14, 1964. Roberta was raised in Southern California by Bob and Linda McGowan among horses, orange groves, and avocado trees. She shared a love of animals with her mother raising cows, pigs, and above all, horses. She trained horses as a teenager, and competed as a barrel racer.
At the age of eighteen, she was baptized a member of the LDS Church and attended BYU. It was there that she first became best friends, followed by romance and marriage to her husband, Burton, in 1985 in the Jordan River Temple.
Upon graduation, Roberta and Burton moved to the Los Angeles area, where her son Brian (23) was born. Later, they moved to Orem, Utah just a month before her second son Christopher (21) was born, followed by her daughter Shannon (19), and son Taylor (16).
She always made sure everyone was having fun. She was impetuous; she often took her family on spur-of-the-moment road trips. Her family was the love of her life. Those who know her know how fiercely protective she was of her wonderful children.
Roberta's heart still had more to give and she enrolled at UVU and became a Registered Nurse. She accompanied colleagues to Mexico with the Hirsche Smiles Foundation to assist in surgeries to help the people there. She also worked at the UVRMC Emergency Center as a trauma nurse for six years. She then worked for IHC in pioneering care management for IHC throughout Utah Valley up until her death.
Roberta had a unique gift of unconditional love and caring for anyone who crossed her path. She had the ability to make everyone feel special and important. She was a wonderful listener and had a gift for seeing the best in people and in helping them see that for themselves. It was not uncommon for her to bring people into her home and into her heart who were in need of a friend.
In 2004, she and her family moved to Alpine, where she could be closer to the beautiful surroundings, and could surround herself with family, horses, and the things she loved most.
Roberta was an active member of the LDS Church throughout her adult life, serving in many roles among primary and young women - where she had a life-changing influence on those she served. Roberta was an adventurer. She loved riding horses, backpacking, and travelling, scuba diving, and hiking in exotic places. Roberta was fearless, undaunted by any task, and daring to try doing anything. She lived life to the fullest and lived more in forty-six years than most do in their whole life.
Roberta is survived by her loving husband, Burton, children Brian, Christopher, Shannon, and Taylor as well as her parents, Bob and Linda McGowan, brother Jack Johnson, sister Jean (Oliver) Millar, and brother Bill. The hundreds of people whose life she made better will miss her and amazing spirit.
Funeral Services for Roberta will be held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alpine Sixth Ward Chapel, 901 East Village Way, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah, and at an additional viewing at the Church on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the services.
Interment will be in the Alpine City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on September 9, 2010.
Alpine City Cemetery
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Sep 09, 2010
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