Roberta H. Lowe died peacefully on February 21, 2015, in Venice, Fla. She was 90.
Born in Taunton on March 16, 1924, to Millicent and Charles Hackett, she was the devoted wife of John A. Lowe Jr., to whom she was married for 65 years.
She was predeceased by her oldest son, John A. Lowe III, in 1974.
Roberta is survived by her devoted husband John, daughter Nancy and her husband Casey (or Claude — your choice), and three sons, Craig and his wife Edie, Gary and his wife Libby, and Tim and his wife Terry. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Matt, Andy, Spenser, Megan, Mitch, and Josie; a brother-in-law, Charlie Lowe and his wife Alice, and a sister-in-law, Marcia Schutt.
A retired registered nurse, Roberta graduated from New England Deaconess School of Nursing in 1947. In addition to raising five children, her career included working for the Visiting Nurse Association as a private-duty nurse and many years at Planned Parenthood in Syracuse, N.Y.as their director of nursing.
A lifelong resident of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Oak Bluffs, where her family had spent summer seasons since 1842, Roberta had a unique claim as a fifth-generation Campgrounder. Her parents Charles and Millicent Hackett and maternal grandparents Robert and Nancy Cooke owned cottages in the Campground. Roberta and John purchased their own cottage in 1977. She cherished her time at their cottage, surrounded by family and friends, rocking on the porch, watching boats in the harbor, people passing by, and especially sunsets over Sunset Lake.
A celebration of Roberta’s life was held at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Venice Isles, in Venice, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, attended by family and friends.
An Island celebration of life will be held this summer at the Tabernacle; the date and time will be announced.
Roberta was loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed for her unyielding positive attitude, engaging smile, strength of spirit, and zest for life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Roberta’s memory may be made to the MVCMA Tabernacle Restoration Fund.