CAMERON - Roberta Carkeek Cheney, a former Helena resident, was born and later passed away at her home on Bear Creek near Cameron in the Madison Valley on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005.
She graduated from the Bear Creek School, Gallatin County High School and the University of Montana - where she was recently named a distinguished alumna.
She wrote, co-wrote and edited some 13 books and over 100 newspaper and magazine articles. Her best known works are “Names on the Face of Montana"; “Hans Kleiber, Artist of the Big Horn Mountains"; “Women Who Made the West"; “Big Missouri Winter Count"; and “A History of the Episcopal Church in Montana."
She was president of the International Western Writers, a member of American PEN women, one of four Outstanding Episcopal Churchwomen in the United States and is represented on the “Montana Millennial Writers Map."
She was known for her books, her quilts and her cinnamon rolls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Truman Cheney; and is survived by three children, Karen Cheney Shores, Maureen Cheney Curnow, Larry T. Cheney; seven grandchildren, two being Missoulians, Jason Curnow (Faye) and Carina Curnow Tremblay (Mike); and seven great-grandchildren who are seventh generation Montanans.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Jeffers. Memorials may be addressed to the Roberta Cheney Memorial, Trinity Church, P.O. Box 336, Ennis, MT 59729.