Celebrating the life of Ardy
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On November 2, 2022, the world grew just a little bit darker, while heaven become a whole lot brighter. Carol Ardis Robertson left this world to join all of those who have loved her on the other side. Over her 99 years of life on this earth, Carol, or Ardy as most knew her, made an impact on this world that will live on for generations.
September 14, 1923 our red-headed beauty made her way into this world in Fordville, North Dakota where she lived the first 39 years of her life. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lynn David Robertson. Better known as Bud. After sending him off to war, she agreed to marry him after he returned. They began their life together on June 6, 1948 and in the following years welcomed their four children into their family. It was here that she was a member of the Fordville Lutheran Church and the Fordville Ladies Aid. In 1962, they moved to Roundup, Montana where they would spend the rest of their life together raising their children and building an incredible legacy. Ardy could be found throughout her days hollering at Jerry to get out of the trees, making a fresh pot of coffee and cookies for any neighbor or friend that wanted to stop in, baking pies and cinnamon rolls at the Roundup, Pioneer and Busy Bee Cafés or serving others through the Zion Lutheran Church and Women’s Fellowship Church Choir.
The light of her life though was her grandchildren – Landon (Bianca) Sealey, Amanda Robertson, Carson (Emily) Robertson, Jill Robertson, Ty (Rena) Robertson, Jeff (Katie) Sealey, Darren (Jennell) Donnes, Jamie (Mike) Hass, Amber (Joe) Barta, and Lisa (AJ) VanSetten. They spent their summers having campouts in the Tow-Low, eating watermelon on her porch and enjoying a simpler way of life that only a gramma could teach them. She was so delighted anytime their school activities brought them to the local high school where she could let the whole town know just how proud of them she was.
That light of hers grew even bigger when she discovered the joy of great-grandchildren. These little ones were everything to her. If you were lucky enough to be in the room with her when they stopped in for a visit, you could see the way her eyes lit up and her energy changed with the pure love she had for all of them. Their visits made her day. Briyer, Alex, Hayden, Robbie, Jake, Owen, Ellen, Lane, Cormac, Emily, Milo, Andy and Max – you were all the cherries on top to her love and she will forever be watching over you, loving you the ‘mostest’.
There are not enough words or time to share just how amazing Ardy was to all who knew her. Over her 99 years she blessed so many and even in her later years, she had a story and a smile to share for each and every one of them. She never met a stranger and always had extra hugs to pass along.
She’s enjoying a reunion in the clouds surrounded by her husband Bud, her parents Carl and Marie Ellingson Thoe, her siblings Oren Thoe, Con Thoe, Ella Marie Gonitzke, Lenore Nelson and Alden Jerome Thoe (her brother who passed away at 1 year old), her daughter-in-law Christie Robertson, and so many others who have gone before her.
She is survived by her children – Conrad (Nancy) Robertson, Jerry (Donna) Robertson, Elaine (Laury) Sealey and Cindy (Frank) Donnes; her grandchildren; her great-grandchildren and hundreds of extended family and friends.
We would like to extend a thank you to the family and staff at Butterfly Homes where she spent the final 6 years of her life. In true Ardy fashion, they became an extension of her family and loved her as their own throughout her time there. She always had a kind word or needed a card or gift to make sure they were taken care of, never wanting to bother them with taking care of her.
Memorials can be made to the Zion Lutheran Church of Roundup or a charity of one’s choice and her request for flowers – something colorful – always one to want more joy spread in this world.
The celebration of her life will be on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 11 am at the Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup, Montana with a luncheon following. It will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Cremation has taken place and she will make her final trip back to North Dakota this spring where she will be laid to rest with Bud in the family cemetery.
Ardy was a living legacy of faith, love, service and family in the truest of forms and if we can continue building even a fraction of what she left us with, the world will continue to get better each and every day. Some words she wanted us to remember, “Be close as a family. Love, forgive, and be kind to one another.”
We love you the mostest Grama Ardy and miss you already!
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Celebration of Life
401 6th St. West
Roundup, MT 59072