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Ruby Altizer Roberts (1907-2004)

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  • keith2draw
    Another one of Don s onetime friends has recently passed away. Blanding did the illustrations for her 1948 book Command The Stars. I talked to her on the phone
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 15, 2005
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      Another one of Don's onetime friends has recently passed away.
      Blanding did the illustrations for her 1948 book Command The Stars.
      I talked to her on the phone a few years back, but she was in her
      late nineties, and didn't remember who Blanding was.

      Here is a lengthly obit from the Southwest Times:

      RUBY ALTIZER ROBERTS
      CHRISTIANSBURG - Ruby Altizer Roberts went to be with the Lord on
      Monday, May 24, 2004. She was born on April 22, 1907 to Waddie
      William and Dana Cummings Altizer. She was preceded in death by her
      husband, Laurence L. Roberts and her brothers, Ernest, Herman, Eslie
      (Billy) and Frederick Altizer. Mrs. Roberts' family has lived in the
      area for more than two hundred years and she is survived by many
      relatives and friends. Among these are her daughter, Heidi and her
      husband, Charles E. Altizer of Christiansburg. She was the proud
      grandmother of four grandsons, Charles Edward II (Chuck) and his
      wife Karen and son Brandon of Christiansburg; Laurence Frederick and
      his fiancé Eileen Lozada of Virginia Beach; Stephen Emera and James
      Henry of Christiansburg.
      She is also survived by three nieces: Thelma Altizer Body of
      Roanoke; Linda Altizer Martin of Spring, TX; and Jeanne Altizer
      Weintraub of Penfield, NY and two nephews Philip J. Altizer and Jack
      V. Altizer both of Roanoke.
      Mrs. Roberts was named Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia
      in 1950, the first and only woman ever to hold this honor. In March
      of 1992 she was given the added title of Poet Laureate Emeritus of
      Virginia. Among the many recognitions she received were: The
      Bellaman Award for
      distinguished poetry; citations by the Senate of Virginia and by the
      Khalsa College of Amritsar, India "for distinguished poetry on both
      sides of the Atlantic." She owned, published and edited The Lyric, a
      magazine of poetry, for more than twenty-five years. She also
      received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from William
      and Mary in 1961. She was an honorary life member of the
      International Sorority Beta Sigma Phi and in 1977 was chosen Woman
      of the Year in Creative Arts of Montgomery County. The author of a
      number of books and magazine articles, her writing was enjoyed by
      young and old alike. She was especially proud of the children's book
      she wrote entitled The Story of Buzzy Bee. Mrs. Roberts wrote about
      Montgomery County's Revolutionary Heritage which was incorporated
      into the Virginia
      Historical Society Publication and The Virginia Magazine of History
      and Biography. Mrs. Roberts co-wrote a book of genealogy on The
      Altizer Family.
      It was during this research that she discovered that the first
      Altizer that came to the United States, Emera V. Altizer, was at
      Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown.
      Mrs. Roberts will well be remembered by the people of Christiansburg
      as the lady with the bright hat that walked wherever she needed to
      go whether it was to the bank, post office or Hardee's and in all
      kinds of weather. If she was not seen, her telephone would begin to
      ring to see where she was.
      One day she missed because her front door was frozen shut. She was
      an integral part of her hometown and her spirit will be with those
      whose life she touched always. She was active in civic organizations
      especially in programs for the aged and children. She could be found
      at St. Paul United Methodist church most every Sunday. She had the
      talent to be able to play whatever she heard and she used this
      talent in Sunday School opening exercises for many years. In 1993,
      she was selected to represent The Spirit of Virginia by the media.
      Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., May 26th at Horne Funeral
      Home and all other times at Mrs. Roberts Home. The funeral service
      will be held at the St Paul United Methodist Church on Thursday, May
      27th at 11 with burial in Sunset Cemetery. Rev. Douglas Kanney will
      lead the service.
      There are some lines of a poem that Mrs. Roberts would like to share
      that she learned from her Mother. ". . .count that day lost whose
      low descending sun views from thy hand no worthy action done" and
      adding "remember that we are the only Bible some people ever read."
      The Roberts family is being served by Horne Funeral Service,
      Christiansburg.
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