Perkins passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly in her
sleep at home on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. She was born
in Inglewood, California on April 14, 1964.
Roberta was raised in Southern California by Bob and Linda
McGowan among horses, orange groves, and avocado trees.
She shared a love of animals with her mother raising cows,
pigs, and above all, horses. She trained horses as a teenager,
and competed as a barrel racer. At the age of 18, she was
baptized a member of the LDS church and attended BYU. It
was there that she first became best friends, followed by
romance and marriage to her husband Burton in 1985 in the
Jordan River Temple.
Upon graduation, Roberta and Burton moved to the Los Angeles
area where her son Brian (23) was born. Later they moved
to Orem, Utah just a month before her second son Christopher
(21) was born, followed by her daughter Shannon (19), and
son Taylor (16). She always made sure everyone was having
fun. She was impetuous; she often took her family on spur-of-the-moment
road trips.Her family was the love of her life. Those who
know her know how fiercely protective she was of her wonderful
Roberta’s heart still had more to give and she enrolled
at UVU and became a Registered Nurse. She accompanied colleagues
to Mexico with the Hirsche Smiles Foundation to assist in
surgeries to help the people there. She also worked at the
UVRMC Emergency Center as a trauma nurse for six years.
She then worked for IHC in pioneering care management for
IHC throughout Utah Valley up until her death.
Roberta had a unique gift of unconditional love and caring
for anyone who crossed her path. She had the ability to
make everyone feel special and important. She was a wonderful
listener and had a gift for seeing the best in people and
in helping them see that for themselves. It was not uncommon
for her to bring people into her home and into her heart
who were in need of a friend.
In 2004, she and her family moved to Alpine, where she could
be closer to the beautiful surroundings, and could surround
herself with family, horses, and the things she loved most.
Roberta was an active member of the LDS church throughout
her adult life, serving in many roles among primary and
young women – where she had a life-changing influence
on those she served.
Roberta was an adventurer. She loved riding horses, backpacking,
and travelling, scuba diving, and hiking in exotic places.
Roberta was fearless, undaunted by any task, and daring
to try doing anything. She lived life to the fullest and
lived more in 46 years than most do in their whole life.
Roberta is survived by her loving husband, Burton, children
Brian, Christopher, Shannon, and Taylor as well as her parents,
Bob and Linda McGowan, brother Jack Johnson, sister Jean
(Oliver) Millar, and brother Bill. The hundreds of people
whose life she made better will miss her and amazing spirit.
Funeral services for Roberta will be held Saturday, September
11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Alpine 6th LDS Ward Chapel
located at 901 East Village Way, Alpine, Utah. Family and
friends may call on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American
Fork, Utah and at an additional viewing at the church on
Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to services.
Interment will be in the Alpine City Cemetery.