AUCHTERLONIE – Roberta Mae (born May 29, 1942) passed away at home on Monday, July 6th, after an all too brief battle with cancer. Left to celebrate her wonderful life are her husband of 45 years, John, her daughter, Susan (Harvey McDougall), her son, Bob (Tammy), grandchildren, Spencer, Michael, Zoe and Fraser, special friends, Fay and Kaitlan Mitchell, her sisters-in-law, Nonie and Fran, her brothers-in-law, Wib and Peter, cousins Arlene and Len, her nephews and nieces, and her many cousins and friends.

Roberta was born in Nanaimo to Leonard and Mabel Wharton. She moved to Cumberland at a young age, where she met and married John and raised her children. She worked for 32 years at the Royal Bank in Cumberland, before joining John at the family bakery, until their retirement in 2003. She was involved with the Kinettes and directed the Empire Days’ May Queen party for many years.

Her special joy was spending time with her grandchildren – driving them to their many activities, attending dance recitals, swim and track meets, cruising the Georgia Strait, spending time in Tribune Bay and Henry Bay, and travelling to Hawaii on many occasions. Her presence will be especially missed at the hockey arena, where she spent 35 years cheering on her son and grandsons, on both Canadian coasts, as members of the Comox Valley Chiefs and the Sackville Flyers.

We would like to thank the many friends and family who made the last few months enjoyable through their visits, phone calls, cards and letters. Special thanks to Yvonne, Gail, Joan, Lois, Jill, Sharon, Myrna, Frankie, Larry, Dawna, and Aunty Fran for everything you did. You made her days very special indeed. A special thank you also to our family and friends who travelled to see Mom in her final days. Thank you to Drs. Woldnik and Kretschmann and to nurse Val for assisting us in caring for Mom at home.

Mom was a selfless person who cared deeply for everyone in her life. She taught us love, kindness, compassion, loyalty and dignity. She will remain with us forever.

Arrangements in care of Piercy’s. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Comox Valley Hospice Society or a charity of your choice.

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