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Cathie McRoberts

April 20, 1954 — January 2, 2011

Cathie McRoberts, 56, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Scottsbluff, NE.


Friends are invited to a Celebration of Cathie's life to be held at 6:00pm, Saturday, January 8, at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Scottsbluff with Pastor Leon “Bud” Gillespie officiating at the memorial service with a gathering of family and friends to follow.

Flowers can be sent directly to the Hampton Inn and Suites in Scottsbluff for the Saturday memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cathie’s name to Camp Hope and Festival of Hope to support local families that are coping with cancer. Cards and memorial donations can be sent to Wayne McRoberts and family at 2801 W. 42nd St., Scottsbluff, NE 69361.


Cathie was born on April 20, 1954 in Sidney, NE to Warren and Fern Ellison. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1972. Cathie later achieved a degree in education from Chadron State College and started her first career by teaching grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in the Weyerts’ Community east of Gurley, NE.

On May 21, 1976, she was married to Wayne McRoberts of Gurley. They soon became the proud parents of Keenan McRoberts and Carmen (McRoberts) Anderson.

In 1988, they moved to McRoberts Game Farm near Gurley where Cathie developed a passion for working with animals and “keeping the boys in line!” Cathie wore many hats as a mother, teacher, EMT, and an active member of the community.

In 2003, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which led her to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Cathie graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Scottsbluff with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, and then began working at Oregon Trail Eye Center.

Cathie was a compassionate and caring person. Her positive attitude in the face of adversity gave strength and hope to all who crossed her path. Her captivating personality and radiant smile had the ability to light up a room. She had the gift of sharing friendship with everyone she met. “Life is good” was her motto and she lived every day to the fullest. Cathie touched countless lives and provided a shining example of a life well-lived.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Wayne, son Keenan and girlfriend Jaci Benson of Ithaca, NY, daughter Carmen and son-in-law Ryan Anderson of Omaha, NE, father Warren Ellison of Chandler, AZ, brother Jim and wife Gail Ellison of Gering, NE, brother Greg Ellison of Tempe, AZ, and sister-in-law Judy Ellison of Tempe, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her mother Fern Ellison.
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