Roberta Jones Ormsby

Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010

Juneau resident Roberta Jones Ormsby, also known as "Bert," died Feb. 23, 2010, in Harborview Medical Center. She was 77.

Born Dec. 20, 1932 in Nolan, Ark., she was the seventh child born to Samuel Thomas Jones and Emma Mae (Thornton) Jones.

After attending Bush Valley High School Roberta moved in 1951 to Tracy, Calif., where she met Thomas Willard Ormsby at the Giant Orange Café where she worked as a waitress. They were married in Tracy February 1952 and resided in Tracy until they moved to Moses Lake, Washington in 1975. They were divorced in 1978. She resided in Moses Lake working as a waitress at TJ's Pantry until the early 90's and then moved to Juneau, Alaska in 2005.

Her hobbies included a good joke, gardening, sewing, cooking, water skiing in her younger years, watching or reading a good mystery. Here in Juneau she loved going on whale watching tours during the summer. She stated many time that she wished she had moved to Alaska when she was younger so she could have experienced more of Alaska.

She attended Auke Bay Bible Church where she gave her life to Christ in February 2007.

"We will miss her sense of humor, pickle chunks, and many pies and jellies," her family said.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers, Troy, Leonard, Wintford, Bill, Sam, Wendell and Clay Jones; sisters, Pauleen and Colleen.

She is survived by her sister, Willeen Hutchens, of Waldron, Ark.; daughter, Victoria Ormsby, of Spokane, Wash.; sons, Marc Ormsby and wife, Jesie, of Juneau, and Steve Ormsby and wife, Mary, of Moses Lake, Wash.; two grandsons, Dustin and James; and one granddaughter, Sophi.

A memorial service will be held at Jamison's, 605 East Nelson Road, in Moses Lake, Wash. There will be no memorial service held in Juneau and her ashes will be scattered in Arkansas and Stevens Passage.

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