Roberta Joy Gales, 86, of Fort Dodge, IA, died Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. Private family services will be held at a later date with Inurnment at the Vernon Township Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Almost Home, 725 S. 32nd Street – Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Arrangements are with Historic Bruce Funeral Home of Fort Dodge.
Roberta was born April 8, 1936, in Humboldt County, IA, the daughter of Robert J. and Iola M. (Lee) Foley. She graduated from Bradgate High School in 1954. On August 10, 1954, she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served her country until her honorable discharge on November 9, 1955. Roberta was united in marriage to James Gales on August 19, 1963. She was a homemaker who enjoyed decorating and redecorating! She also enjoyed shopping, painting furniture, nature and feeding wildlife. She had a love for all animals – especially cats and dogs.
Roberta is survived by 2 daughters: Julie Christian and husband Tim of Houston, TX and Mary Rivera and husband Sonny of Fort Dodge; 7 grandchildren: Brandon Christian, Tyler Christian, Hunter Christian, Connor Christian, Jim Rivera, Samantha Crouch and husband James, and Rachel Rivera; 3 great grandchildren: Brielle, James and Carlie, & a great granddaughter on the way; and 1 sibling: Muriel Mullens and husband Byron of Houston. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2006; a son: Doug Gales; and sister: Loana Woollums.