Sept. 12, 1936-Jan. 8, 2005
PENDLETON - A memorial service for Roberta Lois Leen will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Mrs. Leen, 68, of Weston, an area resident since 1954, and beauty school instructor and business owner (New Image Hair Design, Pendleton College of Beauty and the Cookie Tree), died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at her home.
She was born Sept. 12, 1936, at Abercrombie, N.D., to Theodore and Eleanor Jacobson. She grew up at Hoquiam, Wash., where she attended Auburn Adventist Academy.
On Oct. 17, 1953, she married Larry LaVon Leen at Auburn, Wash. They moved to the Pendleton area in 1954. In 1969, she graduated from Phagen's Beauty College. She was once an instructor at the school and was the owner of New Image Hair Design. She and her husband started the Cookie Tree Bakery and Cafe in 1985 and she owned Pendleton College of Hair Design from 1989 until 2002 when they moved to Weston.
She enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, camping and gardening. She and her husband loved entertaining family and friends at their mountain home. It was said she was happiest when she was with her own family and her church family.
She was a member of the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church. Throughout the years, she served in her church as youth leader, social leader, deaconess and most recently as an elder at the Elgin church.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Leen of Weston; sons, Lenny Leen of College Place, and David Leen of Walla Walla; daughter, Terrie Leen of Pendleton; brothers, Paul Jacobson of St. Cloud, Minn., Roger Sunby of Washougal, Wash., and Harold Jacobson of Macomb, Miss.; sisters, Lorene DeSpain of Costa Mesa, Calif., Elaine Scheller of Battle Lake, Minn., and Karen Glenn of Roseburg; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Robert Jacobson, by brothers Clyde Jacobson, Roy Jacobson and Wayne Jacobson, and by sisters, Joan Rurup, and Marcella Jacobson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.