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Mildred Frances STOCKTON ROBERTS (1916-2003) (obit.)

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Mildred Frances STOCKTON ROBERTS (1916-2003) (obit.)

Posted: 31 Mar 2003 4:07PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 3 Jul 2003 3:01PM GMT
Surnames: ROBERTS, STOCKTON, BROWNING, HOUTCHENS
Mildred Frances STOCKTON ROBERTS (1916-2003) (obit.)

Mildred Frances Stockton Roberts

Mildred Frances Stockton Roberts died March 27, 2003, at her Davis home in the University Retirement Community, where she and her husband, Donald G. Roberts, had lived for more than two years. She was 87.

Born on March 19, 1916, to Superior Court Judge Francis Warren Stockton and Frances Welty Herndon Stockton, her family was California pioneers.

She attended Kern County schools in Poso Flat, Buttonwillow and Oildale, graduating from Kern County Union High School in 1933 and Bakersfield Junior College in 1935. She received her bachelor's in political science with a minor in household arts from UC Berkeley in 1937 and was married May 19, 1938, in the Home Room of Berkeley's International House.

She is survived by her beloved husband and companion of 65 years, Donald G. Roberts; her son, Warren G. Roberts, of Davis; daughters, Linda F. Browning, of Arizona, and Marisa R. Houtchens, of Oregon; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, nine nieces, three nephews, more than a dozen grandnieces and grandnephews and hundreds of California cousins.

She was most known for her truly sweet disposition and her great love for her family, always providing them and friends with generous and warm support, kindness and gentle humor, understanding acceptance, loyalty and deep affection. Roberts generously shared her gentle warmth, her many talents and knowledge, inspiring and enriching lives. Through her life, she gave the best example of how to live, how to love and how to bravely and gently approach the end of life. She was such a sweet lady.

Roberts was also an artist, working with ceramics, wood cuts, weaving, crocheting, painting, sewing, upholstery and needlepoint. A collection of some of her creations was recently on display at the University Retirement Community's library. During her lifetime she designed and supervised the construction of several of her family's homes in Millbrae, Carmel Valley, Pauma Valley and Flagstaff, Ariz., and that of her parents in Granite Station.

From her own knowledge and energy, her home gardens were always beautifully designed, planted and maintained. Her understanding of garden plants and wildflowers was extraordinary and she graciously shared this knowledge and starts from her garden to all who were interested.

In her youth, Roberts enjoyed playing basketball, debating on a forensics team, horseback riding and world travel. She enjoyed singing, sharing her sweet voice with her church choir and the Carmel Bach Fesitval (sic) Chorus. She was an excellent raconteur. Her stories gracefully showed her rich life experiences and kindly sense of humor.

During her lifetime, she was an active member of the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, parent and teacher associations and Campfire Girls. She was a leader in Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts, both a Democrat and a Republican and an airline pilot. True to her pioneer heritage, she was always a skillful navigator on land, sea and in the air.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Denton, William and John Stockton, all of Kern County.

By her request, there will be no formal funeral or memorial service. Donations in her memory may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617, and to the UC Davis Arboretum, One Shields Avenue, UCD, Davis, CA, 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, March 30, 2003, (Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616, <http://www.davisenterprise.com/>;. Please note: I am not related to the family listed above, and I do not have any further information on this family.)

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