Mildred Marie Roberts

September 24, 1928 - October 27, 2023

In Loving Memory

Mildred Marie Roberts

Mildred Marie Roberts, age 95, of Vernon, BC, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Her wit and laughter will be greatly missed.

Millie was born on September 24, 1928 in Fort Erie, ON, to Arthur and Mable Chudley. The oldest of 4 children, she lived through the Great Depression like most others: hungry but innovative. She loved to tell her stories of catching mice and letting them go in the theatre house, just to watch the ladies faint. During the war years, she would sneak out and attend dances with boys about to be shipped away to war.  A highlight of her young life was when she got to dance for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 during their Canadian Royal Tour in Niagara Falls, ON. Millie remembered fondly the boys coming home from the war and the great celebrations of victory. It was during this time that she met her love, William Lawrence Roberts of Niagara Falls (predeceased). They had 6 children together before going their separate ways.

The majority of Millie’s childbearing years were living in Wawa, Ontario where she formed deep connections, especially with her curling crew. She remained best friends to the very end with these cherished curling ladies and had many laughs recalling their antics: the bonspiels, parades, costumes and especially entertainment. The ‘crew’ entertained on stage by bearing bellies with giant top hats or by doing the Can-Can amongst other things. The “Along Came Jones” skit was a particular favorite, and they were invited to perform it for the local Sault Ste Marie TV station.

Millie moved to Vernon, BC in 1980 and started work at Noric House. She was known as the mischievous prankster and again, developed lasting friendships with the ladies. She earned the nickname “the old crow” from her barrage of crow calls at her best friend’s cabin. She was known for dancing up a storm and loving her honey brown ales.  

Millie is predeceased by her cherished baby brother Charlie Chudley and her deeply loved daughter, Patricia Anne Roberts.

Millie is survived by her two sons: William (Gail) Roberts of Sault Ste Marie, ON and Wayne (Karen, Predeceased) Roberts of Wiarton, ON; three daughters, Donna (Klaus) Roberts of Vernon, BC, Kathleen Roberts of Vernon, BC, and Susan (Paul) Hebelka of Peachtree City, GA. as well her two baby sisters, Dorothy(Bob) Hanna of Fort Erie, ON and Marion McIntosh of Cobourg, ON.

Millie is survived by 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.

The silence she leaves behind is deafening.

Respecting Millie’s wishes, there will be no formal service. There was a small family memorial.  Cremation has taken place with Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services, Vernon.

A Celebration of Life will be held for friends and family in August, 2024 in Vernon, BC.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-558-0866

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-558-0866

4417 29th St,
Vernon, BC V1T 5B7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 22

  1. Aca Markovic says:

    Deepest sympathy to Bill, Wayne and family.

    Aca Markovic

  2. Sylvia Lazarhoff says:

    Beautiful stylish Millie. So great to read this tribute to her. Things I had not heard before . She had Some incredible adventures and She was So resilient! You lived very well dear Millie and left a wonderful legacy in your children and all of their offspring. Heaven is lot more fun now that you are there. Lots of love to you all, from Sylvia.

  3. Sandi King says:

    Donna and Klaus, I’m so sorry for your loss. I never met Millie but any time I heard you talk about her or posted a picture of her, it wasn’t hard to see where you get your love of life from. She had the best smile.
    May the happy memories last forever and lift you up during the down times.

  4. Diego Lauricella says:

    Condolences to the Robert’s family. Millie definitely lived a full life. RIP Millie 🙏❤️🙏❤️

  5. Greg and Chris McRae says:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of your mom! To say a WONDERFUL WOMAN is not enough. Millie was so kind and thoughtful and kept us younger curlers in Wawa under her wing. To live to 95 and look as good as she does is an explanation of what a good life she lived.
    Heaven will never be the same once she gets there, she will be singing and dancing and getting everyone where they should be in Heaven -Happy! Rest in Peace!

  6. Brenda Tait & Mike Belanger says:

    My condolences to Wayne, Bill & Gail and the rest of the family.
    I remember your mom enjoying herself at the curling bonspiels.

  7. Pauline McCoy says:

    My deepest condolences to all of the Roberts family.

  8. Pam Campbell says:

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many fond memories from the Wawa days.

  9. Marie Cleland says:

    I met Millie when I started working at Noric House in 1981. We worked together for a few years and have stayed close friends ever since. You were always in for a good time and many laughs when together, especially when she used to come out to our cabin and spend weekends with us.
    I will miss my dear friend very much, may you rest in peace.

  10. Jeanette Reid says:

    I have such fond memories of you Millie, out at the cabin. Our times out there were more fun and laughter filled when you were there! You will be missed! 💜

  11. Laurie Salter says:

    I only met Millie a couple of times but her fun for life, and her legacy lives on through the beautiful family that she created.

    My sincere condolences to all of you.


  12. Jayme says:

    I was fortunate enough to meet Millie, her two sisters, and her daughter Susan while on vacation with my friend Kristie (who has since passed.) Still, over a decade later, I can remember all of the dancing, the laughter, and the love that we all shared during that special trip. Even though I only had a short time spent with Millie, I knew she was a very special lady, and a force in life! I’m comforted to know that Kristie can reconnected with her in the stars where they can share another epic dance in the sun together.
    All of my love to Millie’s family.

  13. Susie and Ronnie Gabrielli says:

    Many fond memories of Aunt Millies visits to Chippawa. Loved my mom and her stories about going to the dances and hitch hiking and hiding in the bushes. Then jumping out and all piling into the car that stopped.
    God Speed Aunt Millie❤️ we could all be so lucky to live such a fun life! You will be missed.

  14. Yolande Leclerc says:

    Millie was a joy to be around and she will be remembered always. Sincere condolences to all her extended family and friends. Rest in peace Millie!

  15. April Sorensen says:

    The world will never know another Millie! An incredibly vivacious lady, loved by so many. I am proud to have known her – most definitely a woman before her time.

    One thing, amongst so many that I adored about Millie was her ‘hip’ demeanor and spikey hair, always so fabulously dressed in her own style right up to 95!!

    All the family and friends have such great memories to hold closely, that will forever bring a smile to their hearts and souls.

    Millie was a legend that will on forever in my heart. Thanks for the memories! 😊

  16. Valerie Palendat says:

    So long Millie! You will be missed. We had such a nice chat at Stacey’s 50th Birthday, reminiscing about how we celebrated our 50th birthdays. We were not the same age but I am pretty sure we would have had a blast partying together. I am sure your next journey will be just as memorable as your last.

  17. Karin Mitchell says:

    What a beautiful Tribute to Millie ♥ RIP. My heart goes out to Donna and Klaus and Stacey and Chelsey. I know how much you loved and cherished her. She was SO lucky to have you close to her these final years. Glad you moved to Vernon to be with her..♥ What an amazing family and SO SAD FOR YOUR LOSS.💔

  18. Ken & Luanne Erechook says:

    To all you guys, please accept our deepest!

  19. Barb DiCarlo says:

    I remember Millie as full of life and laughter! She was an awesome friend to my Mom and will sorely be missed by all her curling buddies! I am so sad for her family, but knowing she is pain free now will hopefully be a comfort. My daughter still has the stuff pink dog (goggy) that Millie gave her when she was born nearly 43 years ago!

  20. Dayle Hansford Blair says:

    I will never forget Millie and her love of life. RIP Millie. xoxo

  21. Cathie (BecK) Klages says:

    My condolences to all of Millie’s family,especially Gail. I remember Millie with fondness from my younger years and the bonspiels!

  22. Betty Robertson says:

    Millie was one of a kind. We were friends and neighbors for years, we curled at the same time and I remember all the skits the ladies put on. They were so funny. I sure miss those times. RIP my friend. Betty Robertson

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