Barbara B. Roberts

September 25, 1927 to May 20, 2014

Remsen-Barbara Claire Bennett Roberts, 86, passed away peacefully at Sunset Nursing Home on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

She was born in Canton, NY to Harley J. & Florence Rood Bennett on September 25, 1927, Barbara attended school for several years in a one-room school house in Somerville, NY but graduated from high school in Canton, NY in June 1944. She attended college at Canton Ag & Tech College (currently SUNY-Canton) and received her associate degree in Hospital Dietetics, class of 1947. Her first job moved her to Remsen, working at Remsen Central School as cafeteria manger where she met the love of her life, Kenneth, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage before Ken’s passing on August 26, 2007. After marrying Ken on October 9, 1948, she worked and raised her five children at the former “Wallace Francis” farm “on the hill” that the couple had purchased in 1949. After selling the farm, Barb worked for several years selling real estate, a profession she loved and was very good at. Barb was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose main focus in life was to cherish and nurture her family. She was known to make fifteen pies for holiday dinners for 26 people just to make sure everyone had the favorite.

Barb was predeceased by her husband, Ken, sister, Nancy Yauger, brothers, Richard and Dale Bennett and son-in-law, Francis T. Martin, Jr. She is survived by her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Catherine Martin, Remsen, and her family, Michael and KK Adams, Kale and Kyra Kaalekahi, Cody and Kiana Catherine Adams; Richard and Judy Roberts, Remsen and their family, Brett and Sara , Kenny and Courtney, Spencer and Brayden and Karin and Ireland; Bradley and Gaye Roberts, Remsen and their family, Jill, Matthew and Ashley; Mark and Kathy Roberts, Boonville and their family, Conor and Tyler; John and Lisa Roberts, Remsen and their family, Lenee and Patrick Nolan and Rachel and fiancé, RJ. Also surviving are a brother, William and Lynn Bennett, Canton; two sisters-in-law, Judy Bennett, Canton and Helen Roberts, Trenton Falls; a brother-in-law, Allen Yauger, West Leyden; a godson, Randy and Julie Engelbrecht and many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the first United Methodist Church of Remsen, XYZ Seniors and the Remsen-Stueben Historical Society. Barbs family would like to extend a special thank-you to all those angels at the Sunset Nursing Home. They treated Mom like family and were very compassionate to her family prior to her passing.

A funeral service will be on Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at the Remsen Methodist Church. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ackley-Mills Funeral Home 9597 Main Street, Remsen.

Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery. Please consider donations in her memory to the First United Methodist Church, Remsen or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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