Merrilyn C. “Merry” Roberts

August 19, 1925

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March 14, 2021

Merrilyn C. “Merry” Roberts

August 19, 1925

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March 14, 2021

Merrilyn C. “Merry” Roberts, 95, of Billings, passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021, of complications related to stroke. She was born August 19, 1925, in Missoula, MT, the daughter of Carey and Edith Wentz.

Merry lived an incredibly long and fruitful life. She graduated from the University of Montana in the spring of 1946 with a degree in Journalism. She edited the school newspaper and wrote for several other publications. She was also an active member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. In August of 1946, she married a handsome flyboy, John S. “Jack” Roberts, whom she had met on campus, and shortly thereafter, they moved to Bozeman so Jack could finish school. In Bozeman, Merry gave birth to the first of 10 children while living in married student housing. Her early years of marriage were spent moving her ever-growing family from town to town and city to city, both in Montana and all over the Midwest, following Jack’s job with Conoco. The family finally settled in Billings in 1959.

Throughout her life, Merry showed an unwavering love and devotion for her husband and children. She was giving birth every two to three years on average, so there wasn’t a lot of time for anything else!! The family home on Hoover Avenue was a natural gathering place for some 25 children of all ages who grew up in that neighborhood, and many considered her their second mom. Merry was happiest when there were children about, and her natural grace and cheery disposition was apparent to all who met her. In later years, as children started to leave the roost, Merry worked in a neighbor’s gift shop for over 20 years. She also volunteered at the local St. Vincent DePaul thrift store and stayed active at St. Thomas Parish. She remained loyal to the Delta Gamma organization all these years, attending luncheons and other events whenever possible. Never one to sit idle, she spent any spare time she did have gardening and keeping a tidy house. She and Jack were married for almost 52 years before Jack’s untimely passing in 1998. Even after becoming widowed, Merry stayed active in her children and grandchildren’s lives, attending countless ballgames, weddings, social gatherings and family events. She traveled to the family cabin on Swan Lake many times, including this past summer. Merry was a kind and giving person, effervescent and selfless, almost to a fault. She will be dearly missed by all.

Merrilyn is survived by her five daughters and three sons: Linda Lee (Bill) of Federal Way, WA, Michael (Shane) of Three Forks, MT, Timothy (Marie) of Henderson, NV, Carol Pottruff (Kerry), Margaret Steffes (Marty “Joe”), B. Thomas, Shauna Kuehn (Mike), and Melanie Hanser (Shawn), all of Billings; daughter-in-law, Cindy Roberts Tovey, of Boise, ID; and 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack; son, David; an infant daughter, Patricia; and her son-in-law, Mike Kuehn.   

Until we meet again, Mom… “love you, love you…”

The Rosary will be prayed at 2:30 pm followed by a Vigil Service at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 28th, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Columbia Club, 2216 Grand Ave.  The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 29th, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Please join the family for rosary and vigil service 2:30pm Sunday March 18, 2021

The Funeral Mass will be 10:00am Monday, March 29, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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15 thoughts on “Merrilyn C. “Merry” Roberts”

  1. What a beautiful person Merry was inside and out. Always said she had the best genes and her children were so lucky to have those genes too. She will be great missed by all but what a wonderful legacy she has left. Love and prayers to all🙏❤️🙏❤️

  2. SHERRI D BARTHOLOMEW

    Merry was so brave after her stroke. What a kind and thoughtful lady. Merry fly high with God. Sherri Bartholomew.

    1. Jackie McLean Snyder

      I have never known a more gracious , lovely person as Merry. What a full life she has had and I am sure God has welcomed her with open arms. My sincere sympathy for her family.

  3. Sending my prayers, thoughts and condolences to the Roberts family. Hard to say goodbye to a Mother and Grandmother anytime. Rest in peace wonderful lady.

  4. Merry was such a sweet friend to our mother, Maeona Smith. I can still see her grieving at moms funeral. They really connected the last years as did we. To the Roberts kids; may you be surrounded by God’s peace during this time. From the Smith Kids.

  5. Merry was truly a loving and caring person… Seem to always have a smile on her face… She was a great friend of my mom Maeona…I send my prayers to her great family

  6. My wife and I feel so privileged to have known Jack and Merry …. We were lucky enough to use “Roberts’ Roost” at Swan Lake several times and had the thrill of meeting several of the kids ! Rest in Peace Merry… You will be missed. Dan and Marge Darkenwald

  7. Merry made such an impact on my family’s lives as we were neighbors on Hoover for 15 years. My kids, Jeff, Wendy and Jason often talk about memories in your home. Merry was one of the dearest, most gracious women I have ever known and I am blessed to have known her. God bless you all. Her presence will be so greatly missed but she lives on through each of you and in all our memories.

  8. Margaret and all…I’m so sorry to learn of your beautiful mother’s passing. She was such a KIND woman. My sincere condolences to all of you.

  9. merry always had a smile on her face and amoment to listen to our lives and talk about things going on.
    your dad Jack was a good frend and Merry was there by his side.
    Family, iam sorry for your loss. god has blessed her with many graces over the years now needs in heaven.
    your mother was the best of the best and god blessed her with a large family of boys and grils,who are now men and women. I and my wife loved Merry so much and visited with her at times. God bless her and all of you kids.
    Paul and Patty Rausch blgs. mt.

  10. I was sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I recently met your mom at the Delta Gamma luncheons at West Park Village and enjoyed getting to know her in that brief time. She was a lovely woman and appreciate knowing her better through reading her obituary.

  11. So sorry to hear about Merry, she was a wonderful, kind,spiritual woman of great faith. I always enjoyed seeing her so much and catching up. She was a woman of grace, and beautiful inside and out. We will miss her.But she will live on through her beautiful children, and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Love Rita and Mitch Gallagher

  12. I just found out about Merry. Our condolences to Linda and Bill and to all the family. What a wonderful friend and person Merry was. I shall always remember the car trip to Red Lodge we had about 8 years ago….my mom,( Phyllis Johnson) Merry, and Evie Schenk. I was the driver and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Merry’s radiant smile and love for life made that memory for me one
    I shall never forget. May God’ love especially surround you today and during this difficult time.
    Love, Leonard and Linda Iverson

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