October 30, 1930 – June 29, 2018
Nancy passed peacefully in the presence of family on June 29, 2018. She will be greatly missed. Beloved wife of Nian Roberts, sons Steve (Kathy), Jim (Tami) and Marc (Darlene). Nancy is survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Joanne Williams (Bert) and Caroline Bowman (Tom), and countless nieces, nephews and friends.
Nancy was born in Oakland on October 30, 1930, to Lita and Cliff Hildebrand. Raised in Oakland, graduating from Miss Wallace's School for Girls in 1948. She attended UC Berkeley in the fall of 1948, pledging Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She then attended Warren Dickenson secretarial school and worked as a legal secretary. She met Nian on a blind breakfast date while at U.C. Berkeley in the fall of 1948, becoming engaged on June 26, 1951, and married on November 18,1951, at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakland.
Nancy and Nian spent the next 67 years together, never apart, blessed with three sons, living in Stockton and Woodland, before moving to Sacramento in 1963. Together they enjoyed a beautiful life, building from the ground up a second home in Lake Tahoe (Homewood), baseball diamonds for Arden Little League on Eastern Avenue (Roberts Ball Fields) and sending all three sons through college and graduate schools. Nancy always attended every graduation and major life event with her family.
Nancy learned to play tennis at the Berkeley Tennis Club, an "A" tennis player at Arden Hills and Rio Del Oro Raquet Clubs in Sacramento. After a knee injury, she gave up tennis and took up golf, a member at Northridge Country Club and later at Del Paso Country Club. She played in club events and in tournaments with her sons. She loved the outdoors, fishing and camping on Pack Trips with her father and family. She enjoyed working in the yard, "Nana's Garden" lives on.
Nancy served as a "Pink Lady" and managed the "Clothes Closet" at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael. She supported the building and growth of baseball for Arden Little League (legacy diamonds). All three sons played from minors through Big League. She never missed a game.
Nancy and Nian had a full life together, traveled extensively through the United States and overseas but Nancy always enjoyed coming back to the comfort of her home and her much extended family. She remembered all of her family's accomplishments and forgot all of our mistakes. She had child-like joy for the simple things in life.
She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and confidant and will be missed by all that knew her. Warm hugs and sweet memories, leave an everlasting impression on our hearts. Her passing marks the end of an era, her now heavenly support starts a new chapter.
A private burial is planned with a Celebration of Life later this summer. Memorials may be made to the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, P.O. Box 6141, Tahoe City, California 96145.