Donna Lee Roberts

Jun 18, 1930 - Sep 10, 2022

East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, Ca, 95624


Donna Elaine Lee was born on June 18, 1930 in Alamosa, Colorado. She was the sweet red-headed daughter of Don and Esther Lee and beloved sister of Shirley Lee Kahne. Donna grew up in a happy, loving home in Colorado. Her father’s work for WWII brought them to California where she graduated from High School.

Donna married the great love of her life, George Roberts Sr., in 1949. They met teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Sacramento. They loved each other deeply and faithfully. Donna was a full-time homemaker who devoted herself to caring for her family and actively serving the Lord at church and in the community. George preceded Donna to heaven in 2011.

Donna and George’s four children are George (Debra) Roberts Jr., Donna (Bijan) Tabaie, Ann Roberts and Shirley (Danny) Arroyo. Donna was the beloved grandma of ten grandchildren: Brian Roberts, Rebekah (Grant) Anderson, Abraham (Whitney) Tabaie, Hannah (David) Roman, Christine (Ronald) Davis, Naomi (Richard) Vidal, Mariam (Orlando) Tabaie, Grace Hiyakumoto, Lawrence (Deni)Faulkner and Matthew Hiyakumoto. Donna’s precious great grandchildren are Jacob Davis, Emily Davis, Tyler Davis, Caleb Tabaie, Vienna Roman, Ella Tabaie and Paris Roman.

Donna was a Christian woman who enjoyed serving in the church and her community. Her roles included Superintendent of Children’s Education, Sunday School Teacher, Elder and Deacon. She was active in various mission endeavors, including running a SERRV store out of Bethany Presbyterian Church to provide income for artisans around the world. Donna was always involved in PTA and mentored elementary children who needed a loving influence. She was involved in ministering to Vietnamese immigrants and helped them learn English. She was also a Camp Fire Girls leader for all of her daughters. She loved to tell family stories. Donna and George traveled all over the country carefully researching and cataloging their family’s genealogy and attending Elder Hostel courses. She was a crafter who created many beautiful treasures using embroidery and knitting. She especially loved sharing a contented happy life with George Roberts Sr. Donna and George loved watching Sacramento Kings games, going for walks, and reading. Donna showed her love for her children and grandchildren in a myriad of ways. Grandma Donna was always eager for a chance to read to, feed, listen to or embrace any of her descendants. She cheerfully attended countless recitals, sports games, open houses, and graduations.

Donna was a very tenderhearted, sweet person who loved with all of her heart and showed it by working tirelessly to care for her family and friends. She was kind, funny and smart. She was a wonderfully generous host who loved filling their home in South Sacramento with happy family gatherings. Donna was always ready with a smile, hug or kind word. She was very special and her family will miss her so much.

The viewing will be at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park on September 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held mid-November.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SSIP Food Closet at


  • Norm and Bonnie Roberts says:

    Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Donna’s wonderful family during this time of loss and grief. We will have to miss her funeral but will be with the family in spirit. Please know that we are very saddened by Donna’s passing.

  • Pastor Danny Arroyo says:

    The most beautiful, kind, loving mother-in-law, a son could have… I miss her dearly, but I know she is hurt rest in peace in heaven. Love you, mom!
    Your other son,

  • Chuck Anderson says:

    She was a wounderful and cheerful person.

  • Kathy Frank says:

    Donna was such a blessing to know and one of the most wonderful members of Bethany. She always had a kind word and smile for everyone. She will be missed. May God give you Donna and all your family peace and comfort in your wonderful memories.

  • Barbara Greene says:

    My deepest condolences to all of the family. I enjoyed the sweet kindness of Donna when I joined Bethany many years ago. For a few years we had Bible study at the home of Donna and George. There was always a good discussion and great tea to share. I will remember Donna fondly.

  • Juli D Jensen says:

    Donna was a wonderful woman and so very thoughtful. She will be sadly missed at Bethany. Just a kind, dignified, lady who was always there when needed. My prayers are with all of the family.

  • Debra Roberts says:

    Our family is missing its matriarch. The Lord finally called her home after years of struggling.

    I am her daughter in law. A more gracious and dignified woman I have never known. In my life there has never been another person with whom to compare her on those two qualities.

    Donna demonstrated the love of Christ to everyone she came in contact with. She exemplified love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Again, I have known many Christians who have striven to possess these fruits. With mom, the fruits possessed HER.

    She’s now reunited with her husband and so many others, close in proximity to her Savior whom she served so faithfully as an example to us all. Since September 10th mom has been experiencing a never-ending joy that we can only imagine.

    It seemed fitting that the earthly shell placed in that coffin looked almost nothing like my mother-in-law. She had departed and though I’m sure they tried, they could not recreate her beauty.

  • Davis Flaten says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mrs. Robert’s extended family. I have many memories of seeing your parents at church and at your home welcoming everyone. They were both clearly devoted to each other and the Lord. It’s exciting the think that they are together again.

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