Roberta Southam

roberta southam
Roberta Ann Enger Southam, 85, Fargo, died in her home at Touchmark on September 11, 2021. Roberta was born May 7th, 1936, in Moorhead, MN to Ernest and Teresa Enger. She was raised in Halstad, and Montevideo, graduating from Montevideo High School in 1954. She attended North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University), obtaining a Pharmacy degree in 1958. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and was a four-year member of the Gold Star Band. She married Jack Southam of Mohall, ND June 16, 1957. Roberta worked as a pharmacist in ND and NC before she and Jack purchased the City Drug Store in Mohall, ND. She was very active in Mohall business and community promotion. She was elected president of the North Dakota Pharmaceutical Association and served from 1983-84. She and Jack were the first husband and wife to both serve as president of the North Dakota Pharmaceutical Association. In 1990 she was appointed by Governor Sinner as a member of the North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy and served as its first woman president in 1993-94. In 2010 the board honored her with lifetime licensure as a registered pharmacist. Upon retirement in 2000 she and Jack took a long-awaited dream vacation to Norway, several cruises, and spent winters in Mesa, AZ. Roberta enjoyed her many friends, playing bridge, family activities, holiday decorating, watching NDSU Bison football and attending the Norsk Hostfest. Roberta was a current member of Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo, and the Sons of Norway Thor Lodge, Minot, ND. Her husband of 63 years preceded her in death in March 2021. She is survived by her children Michael, Chicago, IL, Patrick (Susan) St. Pauls, NC, and Heather, Bloomington, MN. Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carol and Don Erickson, Mohall, ND, a niece and nephew, and many cousins. The family would like to extend special thanks and gratitude to Hospice of the Red River Valley for their loving and compassionate care. Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of the Red River Valley, the NDSU Class of 1956-58 Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, or Olivet Lutheran Church. Flowers are appreciated.

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  1. Jack and Roberta were treasured as true friends with whom I always loved to visit either in person or via telephone. Their absence in this world saddens me and I wish their dear children the blessings of comfort in the memories of parents who deeply loved them

  2. It is with great sorrow to hear & read of Roberta’s passing. Roberta & I lived in Montevideo & was a wonderful neighbor, as well as a high school classmate of mine. Through a good number of high school class reunions in Montevideo, MN, we kept in contact with each other, as well as an occasional meeting with her & Jack, when they visited their daughter, Heather, here in Bloomington, MN., as well as in Mesa, AZ. She was a wonderful friend & will be greatly missed …

  3. I treasured a long friendship with Roberta dating back to HIgh School in Montevideo. There were four of us who
    continued our friendship over the many years since our graduation in 1954. Our husbands became friends and we had many memorable times together. All our husbands have passed and we will now sadly miss our friend Roberta. Many wonderful memories – – God Bless you, Roberta and may you rest in peace. Love, Lenida

  4. I’m so sorry for your family’s losses. I had the pleasure of cutting Jack’s hair thru Hospice and so enjoyed visiting with Roberta especially when we realized we were both Gamma Nu Theta’s. Thank you for sharing your parents with me. Sincerely, Amanda Torres

  5. Sorry to here that your mom has pastaway you all are in my paryrs thay we’re very hard works at the city drug I was happy my Dad grow up with them there in Mohall Gail Baska

  6. Kathy and I had the good fortune of becoming friends with Jack and Roberta in 2018 when all of us were winter attendees at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Mesa. We so much enjoyed our brief times together. Roberta was a great caregiver to Jack as his health waned. They both were such stellar North Dakotans. We miss both Roberta and Jack much. Harvey and Kathy Huber Hazen/Jamestown, ND

  7. Our Sympathy to all the family on the loss of your mother. We treasure our memories of many happy times with your parents at conventions, markets, and after retirement in Arizona. Erv attended NDSU Pharmacy Program with them and had an ongoing relationship following. Roberta was always a person of smiles and laughter, and so fun to be with. She will be missed. Love to you all,

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today as you remember your mom. We will miss our talks with them and. Especially your moms interest in everything Mohall. You will all be in my prayers as the time goes by. Love to you always .Kay and And Don

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