Doris Jean Olsen Roberts, 90, Boise, Idaho, peacefully passed away October 29, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Jean was born December 29, 1926, to parents Richard John and Caroline Davis Olsen in Milo, Idaho, a predominantly LDS farming community northeast of Idaho Falls. She went by her second name ‘Jean’ and was the 5th child of eight children, including siblings Wallace, Beth, Lyle, Carol, Janice, Martin, and DeAnne.
Jean attended Milo Grade School and Ucon High School. She majored in business, secretarial and stenography at Ricks College and IF Business College. Over the years, she was employed in offices of investments, financial corporations, banks, MST&T, and others.
Her interests, abilities, and hobbies were many and varied and brought challenge and delight to herself and others. A few to note: sewing, writing, poetry, art, and music. She also helped on the publication of huge family history books for ‘living’ families.
She enjoyed people, had an outgoing and friendly nature, loved to laugh, and had the gift of ‘cheerfulness,’ with a positive outlook on life. Many times she used the expression, ‘I’m happy all the time.’ She also developed her ‘motto’... ‘You Can Do It If You Try.’
As an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life, she had callings to serve in teaching, leadership, singing in choirs, conducting music, and serving a mission to the North Central States, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She married Kenneth Lee Roberts, Panguitch, Utah (now deceased), in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on December 29, 1954. Throughout the years, she resided in Salt Lake City, UT, San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Pacifica, CA, and Boise, ID.
Kenneth and Jean are the parents of seven children: Nancy (Chuck) Hessing; Brenda (Scott) Hales; Douglas (Traci Hawkes); Julie (Maurie) Ellsworth; Lynne (Jeff) Rydalch; Paul (Kelly Obryant); and Kent (Gretchen Nyborg); and grandparents of 47 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.
Later in her life, she, with her husband, served in the Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Amman, Jordan LDS Missions. They also served together in the Boise Idaho LDS Temple.