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Leta Cinderella Roberts

March 24, 1929 - November 10, 2021


Leta Cinderella Roberts died on November 10th at 92 years of age. She was active and in good health until the last few months of her life. She was born eighth in a family of fifteen children with four sets of twins, of which she was one. Family reunions were big events with laughter and stories of growing up in Nebraska among so many with very little.
Leta married Wesley L. Roberts in May 1948. She fell in love with the handsome Navy veteran. They were married 66 years at the time of Wes’s death in 2014. Wes and Leta attended big band dances in the post WWII era dance halls of Western Nebraska, even winning a dance contest under a mirror ball. They were great “Jitterbuggers” continuing to dance through life in retirement. Both from small towns in Nebraska, they traveled by RV extensively after raising their family.
Leta and Wes were very much partners in their various family business interests, putting much time and sweat equity into elevating their family and providing their children with opportunities. Leta was a devoted and proud mother of her young family and throughout their lives always provided love and encouragement. She was a great mom who created clothing designs for her daughters, helped with home room treats, provided after school permit driving practice, embraced her kids’ friends and was there for them whenever they needed her. She was a longtime homemaker who followed her youngest back to school and enjoyed 14 years as a teacher aide at Monmouth Elementary. She and Wes were faithful members of the First Baptist church of Monmouth for many years. Leta’s loves included travel, reading, arts and crafts, stitchery and writing. In later life she often said “walking’s my thing” and read a couple of books each week.
Leta and Wes moved to the Capital Manor community in Salem in 2000, making new friends while still traveling. Leta enjoyed the many activities, dining partners, walks on the lovely grounds and not cooking. The music programs, Choralairs membership, Vespers and game nights were special joys. Capital Manor friends added depth to her life there.
Leta is survived by her loving children, Valorie Freeman (Salem), Wesley “Randy” (Colleen/North Carolina) and Bruce (Washington) and twin grandsons Charles and Patrick (Washington). Her husband Wesley, daughter Victoria Roberts and son-in-law Harold Freeman preceded her in death. Leta outlived most of her siblings, notably her twin Veda Shafer, Mary Kuxhausen, Martha Loughran and Shirley Niederkorn. There were two sisters of the fifteen siblings living at the time of her death.
Leta will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery with her husband Donations may be made to the Capital Manor Foundation, 1955 Salem Dallas Highway NW, Salem, OR 97304 or Willamette Valley Hospice 1015 3rd St. NW, Salem, OR 97304. No service is planned at this time.

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Of all of the Sayre women, my Aunt Leta was always the prim-and-proper one. I loved her smile and her laugh. She has great company where she's gone to. Hugs to all my cousins. Love you, Terry McKee



I had the pleasure of knowing the Roberts when they had a laundromat service that was 55yrs ago but they would help anybody out with anything . If you knew the Roberts you knew they all had “Christ “ like attitudes Bruce your mom was one of the most awesome Lady’s to walk the face of this earth,”God “ Bless you all !!!



Our Aunt Leta was a beautiful, FAITHFUL, strong woman. She was so supportive of my decision to go into education. I always appreciated our visits and sharing kid stories.
The Loughrans and Roberts spent a lot of FUN times together; ski and snow trips, camping trips, Thanksgivings, alternating between Oregon and California... always there was lots of laughter and joy, and great pranks from Uncle Wes (remember when he was able to find a sneaky spot and hid the thanksgiving pies!?!?!?!!!)
Time moves on, the cycle continues but I miss my aunt and uncle. There are so many who’ve gone before them who have missed them too, including my mom, so I guess now it’s their turn. 
I am so blessed to be of such a great family!! 

Stacey Loughran 



I will always remember the caring heart Aunt Leta had and for her family, growing up all the laughs that rang out from the sisters were the best. I still have some of her note cards she'd send to her brother Duane which he would cherish. Hugs and Prayers to all my cousins may the great memories and love surround you all. Love Dana (Sayre) Green