Glenda R. “Mau” Roberts went home to be with Jesus on Oct. 22, 2013, at UC Davis Medical Center surrounded by her family. She lived 78 wonderful years.
There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Sierra Memorial Lawn, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks, 4401 San Juan Ave, Fair Oaks.
Glenda was born at home on Dec. 29, 1934, to Gene and Grace Evans of Lubbock, Texas. She was raised on a cotton farm in Woodrow, Texas, graduating from Cooper High in 1953.
She attended the University of Texas, where she studied art. There she met her husband of 59 years, William Roberts Jr.
They were married on Feb. 20, 1954, and moved to California in 1956, settling in Grass Valley in 1961.
Glenda was a homemaker, seamstress and outstanding cake creator. She began decorating cakes in the ’70s, making beautiful creations for weddings and other celebrations.
Many Nevada County residents did not feel a celebration would be complete without a cake from Glenda. She made birthday cakes for many clients every year from birth on. Each cake was a true work of art.
She loved to paint, take photos, travel, sew and craft in all kinds of ways. She had gifts of help, mercy and hospitality, which she used volunteering as a Pink Lady at Sierra Nevada Hospital.
She also spent many hours helping others who were ill or in need. She was a great hostess and loved having friends or family visit.
She was the best tour guide and enjoyed showing off all the sights in Northern California.
Glenda was a member of First Baptist Church of Grass Valley. She participated in several community Bible studies and enjoyed singing in the choir. Her greatest joy of all was time with her family.
Glenda is survived by her husband, William N. Roberts Jr.; children Terri Bennette, Dwayne Roberts and Kim Imus; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara Payton and Louise Evans; and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother-in-law, Zack Payton and a niece Sharon Evans.
Her smile and her love will never be forgotten.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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