Roberta Crowley passed away on March 12, 2012, at the age of 69. A memorial service was held at the Community United Methodist Church on March 17, with Reverend Don Strait officiating. She is survived by husband, Russell Crowley, of Chromo, Colo., and daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Dwayne Kinion, of Littleton, Colo. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to Hospice of Mercy, 35 Mary Fisher Circle, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
Roberta was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on July 31, 1942. She graduated from high school in 1960, and worked as a purchasing agent for an oil club. The city girl chose to become a country girl on Nov. 25, 1967, when she married Russell and moved to Crowley Ranch in Chromo, Colo. There she learned how to ride horses, vaccinate and brand cattle and shoot a myriad of guns. She even acquired the ability to ride ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles; and even competed in a lady motorcycle race in the early ’70s in Farmington, N.M. However, there are some things you can’t get out of a city girl, as street signs are a necessity. If they aren’t available, someone must show you the way home, even if it is your six-year-old daughter. She also never developed any fondness for driving on the icy and snowy roads in a Colorado winter.
Roberta loved the outdoors. She loved riding ATVs into the wilderness and camping with her family. She especially loved fly fishing in the Navajo River, and her favorite thing was to catch German brown trout and release them to try and catch another day.
She loved traveling with her family. Even when she visited Las Vegas for the first time, the country girl took over as her favorite slot machine was called “Stampede.” A trip to Yellowstone with her extended family was full of wildlife watching, as she saw her first grizzly bear and wolf in the wild.
She was mischievous (just ask Cousin Warren), loving and always full of laughter. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.