E. Isabel Roberts - May 14, 2016

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RAVENA – E. Isabel Roberts, 96, surrounded by her family, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  She was born in Watervliet, NY to the late George and Nellie Turner and was raised in Watervliet, Troy and Selkirk with her three siblings.  Isabel was married 43 years to the love of her life, Harold W. Roberts Sr. who passed away in 1983.    Together they raised four children.  She worked side by side with Harold to run the family business, Bush’s on Main Street in Ravena and continued to work with her sons after his death.  She enjoyed seeing all the people and truly missed them after the Main St. store closed.

     Isabel lived a full life.  She belonged to several organizations, past matron of the O.E.S., worked in the Ladies Aide and served in both the Bethlehem Church and Ravena Congregational Christian Church.  She enjoyed her card clubs and continued to play a sharp game during her later years!  (Just ask her Gals)  She was a Yankee fan and loved watching them on TV.  Isabel became a devoted bird watcher, those little creatures brought her great joy, especially the “hummers”.

     Most of all Isabel loved her family.  She remained close to her sisters and they were a great comfort to each other.  She loved getting her children together.  The more she could gather together the happier she was.  Celebrations with children, “great-grands”, all dancing brought a special smile to her face.  They loved their “Grandma Great”, and great she was.  Isabel is home, rejoice, now she can dance.

     Isabel is survived by her sisters, Ann Everingham and Alice Powers;  her son Harold and wife Jane Roberts, son George and wife Donna Roberts, daughter Carol and husband Larry Parks, son Bruce Roberts and Claire Roberts;  14 grandchildren;  19 great-grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.  Isabel was predeceased by her brother George I. Turner, Jr.

     Friends are invited to call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Thursday, May 19th from 5 to 8 PM.  Please either bring or email a memory of Isabel to be shared during her Celebration of Life Service to be held 1:00 PM on  Friday, May 20th at the Congregational Christian Church, 175 Main St., Ravena 12143.

     In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider a contribution in memory of Isabel to the Ravena Rescue Squad, PO Box 144, Ravena, NY 12143 or to the Ravena Hose Co., 116 Main St., Ravena, NY 12143.