Virginia Roberts 1925-2014


Mrs. Virginia R Roberts was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 8th, 1925 to parents William Clarence Colwell and Mary Virginia Colwell.  She was educated in Chattanooga and later attended San Mateo Junior College after moving to California.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert L Roberts, daughter Sharon Virginia Buzzini , and son Robert L Roberts.  She is survived by; brother Dr Gene Thomas Colwell (Peggy) of Duluth, GA; sister-in-law Betty Lou Colwell of Oakridge, TN; daughter Donna Colby (Michael) of Turlock; son-in-law George Buzzini of Ripon; and daughter-in-law Carol Roberts of Milpitas.   She is also survived by her grandson’s; Brian Buzzini (Jonelle) of Riverbank; Tim Buzzini of Modesto; Kenneth Colby (Holley) of Oakland; Ryan Colby (Molly) of Pine Grove; Jesse Colby (Chelsea) of Sutter Creek; and Robert T Roberts (Karin) of Santa Clara.  As well as her great-grandchildren, Grace and Sophie Buzzini; Kate and Jack Buzzini; Shayla and Rylee Colby; Tyler, Grace and Madelyn Colby; and twins Addison and Etta Roberts expected in February.
Virginia, fondly referred to as Nana by the grandchildren, was a person who embraced life and the people in it. The family will have fond memories of wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, hosted for decades on her own, taking care of every detail and preparing delicious meals without ever a hitch. She loved to entertain, whether it was a Christmas dinner for 25 or a friend over for afternoon coffee and sweets. Both type of events were given the same level of commitment to make her guests feel comfortable and considered. Virginia’s commitment to life and the people in her life is what endeared her to her family and friends and, in turn, her life was fulfilled.

Virginia and Bob moved to California in 1951 after World War II when Bob accepted a job as a Pilot with United Airlines.  He retired as Captain and Chief Pilot from United Airlines stationed out of San Francisco.   Virginia was a Volunteer at Los Altos City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, member of the Volunteer Committee, and recipient of the John W Gardner Lifetime Community Builder Award.  Her favorite place to volunteer was City Hall where she was fondly known as the house mother.

We are grateful to Dr. James Joye and his staff, El Camino Hospital, and Pathways Hospice for their excellent care and kindness.  In memory of her, donations can be made to the Los Altos Community Foundation in her name.  A celebration of her life will be on October 30th from 4 to 6 PM at the Neutra House on Hillview Avenue in Los Altos.

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