Marie (Dalla Lasta) Roberts died on March 13, 2015 in Chico, California.
She was born on January 7, 1922 to Sebastiano and Maria Dalla Lasta in Dunsmuir, California.
Marie attended school in Dunsmuir then attended UC Berkeley. She qualified for a high school teaching credential, majoring in Spanish and minoring in Physical Education.
She taught at Surprise Valley High School, Jackson High School, and Modoc High School.
Marie married Adrian Roberts in 1946 at the Catholic Church in Dunsmuir. Marie taught while Adrian worked for the Alturas Water Department.
They purchased a plumbing business and renamed it A&M Pump & Plumbing. Marie ran the business, including holding a plumbing contractor’s license, while Adrian performed the field service work.
They later sold the business to their son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Marlene Roberts. He and Marlene still run the business today.
When Adrian died in 2004 Marie moved to Chico, California but retained many fond memories of her life in Alturas.
She loved to paint with watercolors and acrylics and plant trees and flowers at her home. She also volunteered at the Modoc Library and Art Center.
Marie is survived by her sons, Adrian Jr. (and Alice) of Chico, and Bill (and Marlene) of Alturas; her daughter, Kathleen (and Dan) of Forest Ranch; her grandchildren: Ami Roberts, James Jeffers, Brandon (and Gloria) Roberts, Charlene (and Joe) Johnston, Andréa Roberts; and her great-grandson, Jaxson Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian Sr.; and her daughter and son-in-law, Mary (Roberts) Jeffers and David Jeffers.
A memorial service will be held in Chico at Sycamore Glen Retirement Community, 1199 Diablo Avenue, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.
Flowers may be sent to Adrian Roberts, 50 Fairview Circle, Chico, CA 95928; or memorial contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, or Parkinson’s Foundation.