MISSOULA - Nicholas "Nick" Coy Melton Roberts, born March 8, 1985, peacefully passed from this world to God's kingdom as a result of complications from diabetes Wednesday, June 11, 2008.
Nick was full of life since he was first born, and demonstrated grace, dignity and integrity in everything he did. His loves included art, music, gardening, playing soccer, swimming and recreating in Montana's rivers, and cooking (a special talent that amazed his friends and family). Most important to Nick was the selfless love of his family that he demonstrated throughout his life.
Nick is loved, missed and survived by his mother Christina Melton and his sisters Arliss, Tess and Ryan, all of Missoula, with whom he shared a bond of love and mutual support beyond measure. Nick is also loved, missed and survived by special grandmother Betty Melton of Missoula; grandfather George Melton of Helena; father Ken Roberts of Kalispell; grandmother Chris Beyer of Kalispell; aunt and uncle Marianne and Tor Vigeland and cousins Andrew and Elizabeth of West Riverside; aunt Viki Melton and cousin Mesquite of Helena; uncle Andrew Forsythe of Missoula; cousin Luke Forsythe (Crystal) of Missoula; cousin Reese Forsythe (Rita) of Helena; aunt and uncle Lisa and Dave Palazzi and cousins
Jake and Fiona of Olympia, Wash.; uncle Doug Melton of Helena; aunt Denise Melton of Helena; cousin Cody Melton (Pam) of Spokane; aunt and uncle, Tammie and Brent Jones and cousins Zach and Gabe of Helena; uncle and aunt Lance and Cindy Melton and cousin Bella of Helena; uncle and aunt Sean and Jenet Melton and cousins Ethan, Trey and Mia of Helena; uncle Skye of Seattle; and special friends Lenny Lande of Missoula and John E. Cash of Livingston.
Nick's family will be holding a celebration of Nick's new eternal life at a later date this summer on the banks of one of the area rivers that Nick so enjoyed during beautiful
summer days in Missoula. Nick's life, though shorter than any of us would have liked, was a demonstration of the triumph of bravery over fear, the triumph of love over hatred, the triumph of faith over hopelessness. He lived fully and shared an abiding faith in God that helped him understand that his last day on this earth was his first day of an eternity in God's kingdom.
"Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD, faithful God." Psalms, Chapter 31, Verse 5.