Roberta M. Vegors, former Ames resident, passed away on April 13 at age 93 after a short illness. She was born on August 29, 1918, near Stanhope, Iowa, and raised in central Iowa. She was an excellent student, and graduated valedictorian of her high school class. There was not enough money during the Depression to continue her education, although she was offered several scholarships. So after graduation she travelled alone by train to Los Angeles, California. There she saw the ocean for the first time, and instantly had a lifetime love for the beach. Because of her cooking and homemaking skills she was quickly hired as governess for the children of actor Lon Chaney, Jr. Later she married Halsey Vegors, a fellow Iowan attending UCLA, whom she had dated in high school. After his graduation their life together took them to Washington, D.C. and Virginia during war time, and then to Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Maryland. She had been residing in Jackson, Tennessee, since 2003 to be closer to family.