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Roberta Sheldon was born in 1940 to Alaskan pioneering aviator Robert Reeve who founded Reeve Aleutian Airways, and his wife, Janice "Tilly." After graduating from high school in Anchorage, Roberta worked for Reeve Aleutian Airways and traveled the world as a stewardess. In 1964, she married pioneering mountain pilot, Don Sheldon, and moved to Talkeetna to help him operate Talkeetna Air Service. Roberta dearly loved the community of Talkeetna, and worked tirelessly to preserve its small town character. She served on the Talkeetna Community Council, and helped establish the Talkeetna Historical Society, preserve numerous historical structures, and shape land use plans in the area. She also was a historian and writer, contributing articles to Alaska Magazine, and publishing "The Heritage of Talkeetna" and "The Mystery of The Cache Creek Murders," two authoritative books on life in the upper Susitna Valley. Roberta passed away in 2014. For more about Roberta Sheldon, see her obituary in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner newspaper.