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Vera Hazel Roberts

September 5, 1924 December 9, 2018
Vera Hazel  Roberts
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Obituary for Vera Hazel Roberts

Vera Hazel Roberts, age 94, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
Vera H. Roberts, long time resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Sunday at the home of her daughter Sharon Kidder in Foresthill, California.
Vera was born September 5, 1924, to Arthur Sylvester and Florence Mandy Jones on the Jones Homestead farm, lower Cherry Creek, La Plata County, Colorado. She grew up on the Homestead during the Great Depression. Vera's early life on the frontier farm was one of toil and few comforts, she was no stranger to hardship. At the outbreak of WWII she found work in an aircraft repair facility in Pasadena, Calf. History remembers women who did these jobs as "Rosie-the-Riveter". She married James F Smith in 1945, later divorced. Then married Evan A Roberts in 1949, also divorced. Vera moved to Salt Lake City in 1954 where she worked at Grand Central stores for over 25 years. Vera was a single working mom and homemaker raising two children on her own. She worked hard her entire life but still found time for her children. Vera was known to her friends as a plain-spoken woman with unwavering integrity and an iron constitution. A person always knew where they stood with Vera. She will be missed by many friends and family.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents Arthur & Florence Jones, Hesperus Colorado, three sisters Lottie Call, Pearl Oliver and Verna Fox, three brothers Lonnie, Raymond and Grover Jones, and one grandson Justin Smith.
Survivors include a son Roy Lee Smith (Melanie) of West Jordan, Utah. A daughter Sharon Ann Kidder (Tom) of Foresthill, California. Five grandchildren; Michelle, Buck, Brandi, Summer, and Autumn. Eight great grandchildren; Sebastian, Alexandria, Emily, Kyle, Caleb, Jackson, Hunter, and Parker. Five great great grandchildren; Emiliana, Declan, Reese, Aurora and Bayne.
Private family service will be held Saturday Dec. 15 at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Foresthill California.

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