Elizabeth “Libba” Ruffin Roberson, 94, of Tarboro, NC, passed away Friday, December 5. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, December 8, at Calvary Episcopal Church, Tarboro, with Rev. Jane Wilson officiating. The family will receive visitors from 9:30 am to 10:30 am before the service at Clark Hall. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Born in Tarboro, Libba was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Aline Ruffin, and her husband, Howard Cleo Roberson.
She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Elizabeth Boyd and husband, Jeffrey, Ann Elise Kent and husband, John “Rusty” Kent Jr; grandchildren, Sandra Pond and husband, Jeffrey, Elizabeth Watson and husband, Byrum, Emily Marano and husband, Robert, John Howard Kent and wife Jessica, and Christopher Kent; great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Brandon Pond, Eliza, Cala and Autumn Marano, Wesley and Ellie Watson, John Howard Jr. and Hailey Kent.
She retired as Edgecombe County Deputy Clerk of Court after many years of service. Her life will be remembered as one of service to her family, church, and community. She spent many years providing long-term care to her close family and friends. Libba was a faithful member of Calvary Episcopal Church where she was active in Sunday School, Altar Guild, Adult Choir, and the Episcopal Church Women. She was always concerned for the welfare of those less fortunate; she served meals for Tarboro Community Outreach, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was an advocate for literacy.
Libba loved nature and was an avid gardener who enjoyed working in her yard, feeding birds, and encouraging her husband to pull weeds. She was actively involved in the Garden Club and their outreach projects. In addition to gardening, Libba enjoyed many hours playing bridge with lifelong friends.
Her favorite pastimes included shopping for clothes on sale, sitting on the porch at the beach, reading Eugenia Price novels, and walking through the Tarboro Historic District, which she loved dearly.
As a mother figure, she encouraged her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to pursue high levels of education, develop their talents, experience spiritual growth, and serve others in the community.
She will be remembered for her good manners, sweet disposition, sense of humor, lipstick etiquette, and pocketbook accessorizing. Libba left her home on earth one day before her 95th birthday, which we are sure she celebrated with her beloved husband and parents
In lieu flowers memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, 406 E. Church St.Tarboro, NC 27886.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com