Roberta Way Mackin was born on June 9, 1926, in Terry, Mont., to John and Carrie Adeline Way. The eighth of nine children, she passed away on April 8, 2011, following a perfect evening out, dinner and a concert, with her favorite fella. She lived life to the fullest right up to the end, passing in her sleep.
Although Roberta was born in Terry she grew up in Cody, Wyo., and considered that home. In Cody she made lifelong friends, specifically Becky and Pinky. The threesome rarely missed a Cody Fourth of July celebration with other classmates. Roberta was proud to have been trained as a registered nurse at St Vincent's hospital. The nursing class of '47 held frequent reunions with much laughter and a bucket of daiquiris. She married Blake Mackin in 1949 and enjoyed nearly 63 years of marriage. They raised four kids while moving around the state of Montana building bridges and friendships. Blake and Roberta traveled the world together but had become content with spending winters in Hawaii. No matter where she traveled, Yellowstone Park and the Beartooth mountains held a special place in her heart. Roberta was a member of PEO and The Red Hat society. She spent many happy hours with friends and family, square dancing, enjoying East Rosebud, playing dominoes, attending plays, laughing and walking the neighborhood streets while discussing important world affairs.
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Gordon, Olen, Darrell, Kenneth, Dick; and sister Irene Stonehouse. She is survived by brothers Bob and John; husband Blake; children Becky (Ron) Slayton, Bill Mackin, Bob Mackin (Elizabeth Adcock), and Lee (Randy) Crellin; grandchildren, Julianne (Brady) Hall, James Slayton, Anni, Maggie and Jessie Mackin, Elliot Mackin and Jenilee and Charlie Crellin; and great-grandson Sam Hall.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.