Doris Mae Flemming Roberts
Doris was born in Minneapolis to Frank William and Velma (Strite) Flemming. She had fond memories of skating on the lakes there with her older sister June, and two younger brothers.
She put herself through college working nights and weekends at the telephone company, riding the streetcar between classes, work and home many cold, late nights. She worked summers at Yellowstone National Park, making lifelong friends and enjoying the West’s climate and charms.
With a degree in Elementary Ed., she took a teaching job in Denver. During a ski trip to Aspen, she met Frank C. Roberts, a mining engineer. They married Sept. 2, 1950. Their son Mark was born in Golden.
Frank accepted a position with Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City where daughter Annette was born. Doris joined the YMCA’s synchronized swimming team there and the family enjoyed hiking, camping and skiing.
In 1965, Frank transferred to Silver City, NM. Doris was active in her community, political and women’s groups, and played bridge and tennis. She loved being a homemaker and sewed almost all her clothes.
She suffered from serious depression (her mother did as well) before and especially after Frank’s death in 1982. She kept her home in Silver City, but found a love for travel and visited friends all over the U.S.
Doris spent much time in Glenwood Springs, joining the Wednesday Wanderers hiking group and enjoying the hot springs pool. She loved downhill and cross country skiing with new friends. Her life was enriched by travel overseas; she joined many trips led by her friend Mimi Baldwin.
In the 1990s, swimming laps in Silver City’s college pool, she met Bill Bolton. They had many happy travels; she hiked while he painted.
After Bill died, Doris moved permanently to Glenwood Springs. She lived independently at Sunnyside with the help of family and friends. She loved the Aspen Music Festival and Community Concerts.
Caregivers Barbara and Pat Riley and Emmy Lerma were especially helpful in these years as her dementia/Alzheimer’s progressed.
In 2013, June moved Doris to her home in Florida. Doris celebrated her 90th birthday there with family and friends. She died peacefully under hospice care.
Doris was preceded in death by brothers Keith and Dale Flemming, and her grandson, Aaron Roberts-Gray.
She is survived by her sister, June Golder of Melborne, FL; son Mark (Kathy) Roberts of Hancock, MI; daughter Annette (Andrew) Roberts-Gray of Glenwood Springs, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her wish was cremation and her ashes will rest beside those of Frank C. Roberts in Silver City, NM.
A celebration of her life is planned in Melbourne, FL, on Sunday, April 10.
A celebration with friends and hiking buddies is planned later this summer in Glenwood Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Aaron Roberts-Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Two Rivers Community Foundation, PO Box 1539, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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