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Roberta Elinor Taylor

September 24, 1938 December 22, 2019
Roberta Elinor Taylor
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On December 22, 2019, Roberta Elinor Taylor passed from this earth. Roberta was born on September 24, 1938 in Lewistown, Montana, to Robert C. and Ruth (Fisher) Stevenson. Roberta was joined two years later by her younger sister, Susan, and as a teenager, she welcomed her younger brother, Donald. In later years, she worked to develop relationships with her half siblings, Rocky, Marty, and Deanne Stevenson. Roberta loved her close and extended family - young and old alike - and spent many hours visiting with them in person and by phone.  

Roberta and her sister, spent their early years on the Fisher family homestead, known to family as “The Home Place,” in Plum Creek along the Judith River outside of Denton, Montana. Roberta has shared many memories of her time in the small cabin with the dirt floor and sod roof. She talked about the family canning fruits from the orchard and vegetables from the large garden on the wood burning stove that was moved outside every spring and inside every fall. She would reminisce about hauling water from the Judith River and capturing rain water in a barrel. She shared stories of riding on her mother’s horse to go and fix fence as well as going to visit Aunt Elinor at her cabin. Roberta also talked about being read to by her mother, grandmother, aunt, & uncles, as well as having memorized poems recited to her. Roberta attended first grade at Denton, Montana, and the balance of her schooling was in Lewistown, Great Falls, and Helena, Montana.  

Roberta married “Beets” Harold Clair Taylor and they welcomed their first child, Bert Christopher Taylor, in 1958. Roberta and Beets would go on to have three more children: Barry Clair, Donald Verl, and Calista Darlene.  

Roberta spent many years as a homemaker baking bread and pies for the family. Roberta was known for her skills with the family’s wood burning cook stove that sat in her kitchen. In her 40’s, Roberta began working at Highland Park Elementary as a “noon duty aid.” She enjoyed her time on the playground. Roberta obtained her driver’s license at the age of 42 and, until that time, walked everywhere she went, including buying groceries at Rahn’s and carrying everything in her arms. Roberta went on to obtain her general equivalency diploma and in 1982, she accepted a position as a food service worker at the Montana Mental Health & Nursing Care Center. Roberta remained in this job, advancing to a cook, and retiring in 2001. Retirement was a time Roberta spent watching and cheering on grandchildren, helping her adult children, reconnecting with friends and family, growing spiritually, and cheering on her beloved Utah Jazz in the NBA. And, the entire family knew that March Madness was not the time to call Roberta.   

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Robert C. Stevenson and Ruth Fisher Stevenson McDonnell; her ex-husband, Beets Taylor; and her precious grandson, Dane Jordan Heggem.  

Roberta is survived by her children: Bert Taylor, Barry (Lisa) Taylor, Don (Shannon) Taylor, Calista (Travis) Heggem, and her niece, Laura (Wes) Singley; her grandchildren: Jason (Katie) Taylor, Bryan Taylor, Derek (Brook) Taylor, Ben (Kelly) Taylor, Kevin Taylor, Katie Taylor, John (Cole) Sims, Justin Dyba, Conner Heggem, and Gabby Heggem, James Singley, Calista Singley, and Jacob (Kiera) Singley; her great-grandchildren: Trinity Taylor, Blair Taylor, Briggs Taylor, and Kezzie Taylor; her siblings: Sue Bomboy, Don (Fredda) McDonnell, Deanne Stevenson Camarata, Rocky Stevenson, and Marty Stevenson; her dearest friend and “sister” Minnie McLaughlin Harper as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and the many lifelong friends she made along the way.  

Roberta was loved by all and will be missed by many. We are sure her final thoughts were, “Go Jazz!”  

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 28th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the Lewistown City Cemetery. Charitable donations in honor of Roberta can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 125 C St., Lewistown, MT 59457. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home and Crematory. Roberta’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at

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11:00 AM 12/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
St Paul Lutheran Church

125 C St.
Lewistown, MT 59457

St Paul Lutheran Church
125 C St. Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

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Lewistown City Cemetery Final Resting Place

8th Ave. N.
Lewistown, MT 59457

8th Ave. N. Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

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St Paul Lutheran Church

125 C St.
Lewistown, MT 59457

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