SHERWOOD Elaine Frances (Engh) Roberts, 54, of Sherwood, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at her home following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born March 17, 1959, in Mohall, to Arnold and Vivian (McCrory) Engh, the fifth of six children. Elaine attended school in Sherwood and graduated from Sherwood High School in May 1978.
In 1979, she moved to Renton, Wash., where she was employed at the Bon Marche. It was in Renton that she met the love of her life, Bob Roberts. They were married in Sherwood on Feb. 14, 1983, and have spent 30 years enjoying each other's companionship. Upon her husband's retirement in 1998, they moved back to Sherwood.
Elaine was actively involved with the Sherwood Garden Club, American Legion Auxiliary and her church, Our Savior Lutheran, Sherwood, where she served in many capacities.
She and Bob spent much time traveling. The ocean was their greatest retreat. How they loved walking the beaches, flying kites, or just sitting and listening to the sound of the waves. They had many great vacations and made the most of the past five years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Her siblings 50th birthdays were always celebrated with family. Upon nearing her 50th birthday, she confided in her sister, Jennifer, that she would like to celebrate with an Ovarian Cancer Walk. And so it was, in July 2009, the first International Ovarian Cancer Walk was held in Sherwood. It was a huge success with over $65,000 raised for research and awareness in the United States and Canada!
Elaine was a person that found so much joy in helping others. She loved going to the nursing home in Mohall, helping the ladies in the Sherwood apartments with their needs and making sure her dad's needs and wants were taken care of. She cherished the time spent with her granddaughters, nieces and nephews. She was always up to playing games, taking a niece or nephew out for their first driving lesson, "spying" or M & M treats on "Saturday!"
Family: Elaine is survived by her husband, Bob; stepchildren, Alan Roberts, Louisville, Ky., and Angie (Mike) Mayer, Black Diamond, Wash.; granddaughters, Tiffany, Courtney and Brittany; sisters, Kathy (Stan) Nelson, Prior Lake, Minn., Polly (Larry) Christensen, Muskogee, Okla., Jeanette (John) Daeley, Sherwood, and Jennifer (Greg) Henderson, Carivale, Sask., Canada; brother, Allan (Connie) Engh, Sherwood; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who will miss her dearly.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Vivian Engh.
Memorial Service: A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sherwood.
Family Service: Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: Friends may sign a register book Friday, 2 p.m. until the time of the family service, at the church.
Memorials: Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, 4604 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407; or Hope Lodge, 2500 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Brose Funeral Home, Mohall, is handling arrangements.