Paula Sue (Rowe) Roberts, 67 of Conifer, Colorado passed into eternal peace on Wednesday, August, 8, 2018 at the University of Colorado Health-Anschutz with her husband at her side.
Paula was born on October 26, 1950 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Lester L. and Pauline E. (Nichols) Rowe. The family resided in Hastings for six years after her birth before moving to Omaha, where she attended the Westside school district. The family then moved to Columbus, Nebraska in 1960. She graduated from Columbus High School and attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln majoring in Fine Arts and Dance. Growing up she was active in dance, 4-H Horse Club and earned 1st runner up in the Platte County Junior Miss.
In 1981, she moved to Denver, Colorado. Paula began employment with the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association as the Director of Environmental Affairs.
In 1991, Paula met William (Bill) John Roberts through mutual friends. They moved to Conifer several years later. The couple became a fixture in the Conifer community. On August 4, 2001, Paula married Bill surrounded by family and friends and the “2LazyRs” came to be. She was devoted to her husband and dog, Zeke.
Paula enjoyed crafting and leather work, gardening and crossword puzzles. She was an avid Broncos and college football fan. Paula was kindhearted in the care of her pets and all animals who visited their backyard. She cherished camping and campfires with friends and family. Their home was open to all who came to visit.
Paula is survived by:
Spouse: William (Bill) John Roberts & Zeke – Conifer, Colorado
Sister: Leslie (Barb) Rowe – Lakewood, Colorado
Brother: Michael A. (Diane) Rowe, Sr. – Columbus, Nebraska
Nieces: Sonya (Greg) Wemhoff, children: Carley & Kase – Columbus, Nebraska
Holly (Chad) Anderson, children: Zach, Blake & Gage – Columbus, Nebraska
Nephew: Michael A. (Danika) Rowe, Jr., children: Elizabeth, Katherine, & Michael A., III – Columbus, Nebraska
Mother in Law: Virginia Roberts – Milford, Iowa
Step children: Kari (Terry) Karnes, child: Max – Spirit Lake, Iowa
Billie (Brett) Karnes, children: Mitchell, Matthew, & Teddi – Norwalk, Iowa
Mitchell (Jackie) Roberts, child: Warren – Indianola, Iowa
Brother-in-laws: Leonard (Diana) Roberts – Gardner, Kansas
David (Cindy) Roberts- Milford, Iowa
Preceded in Death:
Parents: Lester L. and Pauline E. Rowe
Pets: Chelsey Cat, Mindi, & Trooper
Memorials to family choice or to the charity of choice in Paula’s name.
Paula left this poem for all who mourn her passing into eternal peace.
Comfort for those who Mourn
So many people imagine that death cruelly separates us from our loved ones. Even pious people are led to believe this great and sad mistake. When our loved ones die, they do not leave us. They remain. We do not go to some dark and distance place. They simply begin their eternity. We do not see them because we are still in the darkness of the world. But their spiritual eyes, filled with the light of heaven, are always watching us as they wait for the day when we shall share their perfect joy. We are all born for heaven and one by one we end this life of tears to begin our life of love in endless happiness.
I have often reflected upon this beautiful truth and found it the greatest and surest comfort in time of mourning. A firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones has brought the conviction and consolation that death has not destroyed them, not carried them away. Rather it has given them life! A life with power to know fully and to love perfectly. With this new life and new power our loved ones are always present to us knowing and loving us more than ever before.
The tears that dampen our eyes in times of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved one. But it is we who are away from home, not they. Death has been for a doorway to an eternal home. And only because this heavenly home is invisible to our worldly eyes, we cannot see them so near us. Yet, they are with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too will enter the doorway of our eternal home. No, death is not a separation. It is a preparation for eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven.