Pearl Marie Roberts, 83 years old, “Gaabawii Mashkode Ikwe” which means “Standing in the Prairie Woman” began her spiritual day with sunrise on August 6, 1935 and ended with her sunset on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, surrounded by family and friends.
Services for this kind matriarch will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 11:30 am with an overnight wake beginning at 6:30 pm, Monday, March 18, 2019. All activities will occur at the Church of Gichetwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave S., Minneapolis. Community Minister Shawn Phillips will officiate. A private family inurnment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake, MN will be held in the spring.
Pallbearers assisting in Pearl’s journey are Charles “CT” Taylor, Floyd Roberts, Jr., Nicholas Botello Roberts, Joe Roberts, Cheyenne Marlowe, Melvin Jourdain, and Angel Pasillas. Michael Roberts and Bennett “Benny” Taylor will be her honorary pallbearers.
Pearl Marie was born to Jennie (Riggs) Bellanger and Clem Bellanger on her sunrise day. Along her journey, she married Floyd Roberts, Sr. in 1958. Together they made their home in Minneapolis and raised eight children, four boys and four girls.
Pearl and Floyd had a passion for travel, often heading to Montana to visit friends, until Floyd passed away in 1987. She worked in the catalog department at Sears Roebuck from 1975-1990.
She had a love for family, playing Bingo and Keno, as well as cooking. Her passion was making the best frybread. Everyone loved it. She made it until her hands wouldn’t allow it, just a few years back.
She did not drive, traveling by bus and train. She kept her family strong through many losses. Her presence was always felt in the room.
Pearl touched the lives of so many along her day. She always remained humble and walks in beauty. She was loved and respected by all and will be remembered as a strong, loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, great-great-grandma and loving aunt.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, Sr.; parents, Clem and Jennie (Riggs) Bellanger; sons; Jeffrey and Benjamin Roberts, daughter; Marilyn Roberts, siblings, Eleanor Granle, Douglas Beaulieu, Dorothy White, Benjamin Bellanger, and Lorraine Mitchell; as well a granddaughter, Nina Roberts, whom she raised.
Left to mourn her loss are daughters Roxanne Roberts, Roslynn Roberts and Jennie (Angel) Pasillas and sons, Floyd, Jr. and Michael Roberts all of Minneapolis. Other survivors include James Taylor, nephew; Helen Condo-Taylor, niece; and special niece Linda White as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and many other relatives.
Pearl’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at northernpeace.com.
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