Ruby Jean Christensen Stokes Roberts, 88, passed away peacefully in her home on June 22, 2016 surrounded by family. As she returned home to her Heavenly Father, she was greeted with open arms by many loved ones. She was born October 11, 1927 in a big brass bed at her Faust Valley, UT home. She was a daughter of Wallace Clarence and Verna Eudora Just Christensen. On Aug. 9, 1945, she married Vernon Clair Stokes in that same Faust Valley ranch house. Their marriage was solemnized Feb. 18, 1955 in the Logan LDS Temple. Together the couple bought a farm and small home where they raised their children and many turkeys in Tremonton, UT. Later, they operated the Faust Valley ranch side by side. Vernon passed away on Apr. 18, 1989.
Jean was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her church service included: helping to build the library in her ward, participating in the scout organization, working as the Stake Single Adults Leader, serving as Matron in the Logan Temple for two years, and visiting teaching at a local care center for 15 years. However, her favorite calling was loving the little children as the nursery leader for 13 years.
Jean’s love for music was immeasurable. She was the #1 fan of the “Westernaires”. She taught music lessons to many in the community, including children with special needs. For her service and work, she earned a Lifetime PTA Award. Jean was a member of the Western Music Association and the Old Time Fiddlers. She traveled from Tremonton to Ogden, UT to play her guitar for “Golden Hours”. She met and married John Roberts when she joined the Harmonicas Band in 1992. They enjoyed a wonderful life together, traveling to many places. John passed away in 1998.
Jean was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She maintained that pioneer spirit in her everyday life and was an example to us all.
She is survived by her children: Marlee Baldree, Leslie (Sid) Gibbs, James Vernon Stokes, Nancy (Chris) Sorensen, Marianna Christensen (sister-in-law), 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren who have all brought joy to her life these latter years.
Her parents, husbands, 2 sisters, 1 brother, 2 brothers-in-law and 1 son-in-law (Tim Baldree) precede her in death.
Services will be conducted on Wed. June 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Tremonton 7th Ward LDS Chapel, 1035 W. 11600 N. Bothwell, UT with Bishop Jim Jaques officiating. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, June 28 from 6-8 pm at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home, 111 N. 100 E. Tremonton, UT and on Wednesday, at the church, from 9:30-10:30 am, prior to the funeral. Interment, Tremonton Riverview Cemetery.
Jean’s family gives a special thanks to her beloved son, James Stokes, who so selflessly cared for her day and night, making it possible for her to be in her home.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Jean’s name.