Roberta Rose (nee Barker) Frith, 91, passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in Edmonton, AB.
Roberta was born on February 16, 1929 on her family’s farm, near Penzance, Saskatchewan, the youngest of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Clark) Barker’s three children.
Roberta attended the one-room country schoolhouse in the Sarnia School district. When her older siblings joined Canada’s war effort, Roberta very happily became her Dad’s “farm hand”. She later moved alone to Craik to attend High School, graduating in 1946.
Then it was off to Normal School in Saskatoon to become a teacher.
The men in the University Of Saskatchewan School Of Agriculture often invited the women from the Normal School to join them at their Socials. It was at one such social that Roberta met Alex, oldest son of Willis and Mabel (Anderson) Frith of Carnduff, SK. They enjoyed a courtship, mostly by mail because, even though Roberta’s teaching positions in Outram and Maryfield took her closer to Carnduff, they didn’t get together too often.
Alex and Roberta married on October 23, 1952, after which they lived and worked on the Frith family farm north of Carnduff. Alex’s extended Anderson family readily welcomed Roberta and she enjoyed the large Christmas gatherings and family reunions through the years!
Son Carman and daughter Donna soon joined the family and Roberta’s focus became raising her children.
Roberta loved being involved with many of the farm tasks, especially after her children were grown and gone from the farm. In the summer, if she wasn’t operating a baler or cultivator, she could often be found in her raspberry patch, chatting with friends and neighbours as they picked together! Fall harvest found her taking meals to the field and taking her turn running the combine or hauling grain.
In addition to the work on the farm, Roberta was involved in her church as a treasurer, Sunday School teacher and, with Alex, as a youth group leader. Roberta’s church family was important to her. Over the years many became very special to Roberta; she mentored several younger women and created lasting friendships in the process. She was happy to share her home and offered coffee or tea whenever she saw a need!
Roberta was connected to the Carnduff community in various ways, including her dedicated involvement with the Carnduff Music Festival.
Roberta and Alex were blessed by a unique bond with their friendly and helpful neighbours, a group that called themselves “The Potluckers”. The ladies hosted birthday parties, bridal showers, wedding receptions and anniversary celebrations. They were always available to help one another when needed. And of course they shared many potluck suppers in each other’s homes! Other neighbours and people in the larger community became close friends as well.
In 1989 Roberta and Alex moved off the farm into the town of Carnduff, but continued farming for several more years.
Whenever possible Roberta & Alex travelled to Waxhaw, North Carolina to see Carman and Janet, and their sons Owen and Kevin. Trips to the Saskatoon area, and then Edmonton Alberta, were more frequent to visit Harv, Donna, Heidi, Elizabeth and Josh Loeppky.
In 2013, Roberta and Alex moved to Alberta, next door to Donna. During their time in Edmonton they made lovely new friends, enjoyed a warm new church family, welcomed Elizabeth’s husband Dillon Haspany and their daughter Verla Joy to the family, as well as Josh’s wife Kadishia. Roberta welcomed and enjoyed Josh and Kadishia’s twins Amara Rose and Theodore John Henry.
In addition to her parents, Roberta is preceded in death by her nephew Arthur Barker, brother Thomas Barker, sister-in-law Francis Barker, sister Catherine (Barker) Wade, brother-in law Irwin Wade, brother-in law Manley Frith, and her beloved husband Alex.
Roberta is survived by her children and spouses, her grandchildren and spouses, her great grandchildren, sister-in-law Fran Frith (Terry), brother-in-law Trev Frith (Lucille), as well as her nieces and nephews.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101