Life Story for
Adeline "Addie" Ebeling Roberts
If asked to freeze one moment in time, we would be hard-pressed to say, because with
Mother, all times were special, all memories vivid.
She was our little Irish Rose, Sweet Adeline, Addie, Miss Addie, our Mother, Grandma,
Aunt and friend. She was the oldest of five siblings and outlived them all. For 95 years
she graced the lives of those around her. She was ready to go home so we gave her up
with reluctance on January 3, 2018.
Born at home on Cherry Creek near Terry, MT on May 13,1922 to Ed and Ethel
Thompson, weighing in at over three pounds, she was laid in a shoebox and placed in
front of the wood stove. Like a wildflower of the Eastern plains she blossomed and grew
into the wonderful lady she was. She loved riding her horse on the ranch prairie and the
freedom it brought. Her faith developed at a very young age and she never once
faltered from it. With her hand in God's, He was her guiding force. She left this legacy
to her family. She was a big gift in a small package.
Her marriage to LeVerne Ebeling resulted in two daughters, LaVonne Bessler and
Karen Brown, both of Billings. Against many obstacles she guided her girls at the right
turns and they were the better for it. She was strict but fair, stubborn when she had to
be and her tender spirit was stitched together with steel.
In 1967 she married Jim Roberts and moved to San Diego until their roots brought them
back to Billings. He introduced her to camping, fly fishing and golf They were together
for 33 years until his death in 2000. They were able to travel--England, Hawaii, Alabama,
Arizona, Washington D.C. and the western United States. In later life she was able to
visit New York City to visit her grandson and Boston and Denver to visit her
She loved music, dancing (tap and standard), playing the piano and organ, her garden
and family. Everything she planted grew strong--her children, relationships and
spirituality. In her single days we "Three Musketeers" would take long drives on Sunday
and sing along with the radio. Music became the words she couldn't say out loud. She
said when she got to heaven she was going to sing in the choir. You'll hear her.
Addie worked at Billings Lumber for over 15 years as Bookkeeper and Office Manager.
She then worked at several banks, becoming knowledgeable about construction,
escrow, home loans, liens and credit management. She became Escrow Agent for
Llewelyn & Associates and later Credit Manager at Wyo-Ben. After retirement she
volunteered at Yellowstone Art Center, St. Vincent Hospital and Alberta Bair.
She is survived by her daughters LaVonne and Karen, her grandchildren Benny Brown
Jr. and Seanna Brown of Billings, Mindy (Jason) Taylor of Denver and Darin (Donita)
Bessler of New York City. She leaves behind great grandchildren Samuel, Maddie,
Dylan, Justene, Jennika, Aydan and Ryley.
She belonged to God before she belonged to us and so now we let her go, forever
missing her. She will always be the matriarch and the bridge that connects us all, We
will look for her in the faces of the many people she loved and the place we never lose--
We wish to thank the St. John's staff for their kindness and compassionate care.
Services will be Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11 :00 am at Apostles Lutheran Church
located at 3140 Broadwater Avenue followed by lunch. Graveside services are at 2:00
pm at Mountview Cemetery, 1704 Central Avenue, depending on weather. Condolences may be shared online at smithfuneralchapels.com.