Roberta Lee LaPage
February 28, 1953 - April 30, 2020
A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Elder Grey Cemetery.
Roberta Lee LaPage, 67, a lifelong resident of Waterboro and beloved wife, sister, mom, and aunt, passed knowing she was loved in the comfort of her home on April 30, 2020. Being the consummate gardener, Roberta was blessed to see the first daffodils and birds returning announcing the arrival of spring.
Roberta was born on February 28, 1953 in Saco, the third of four girls born to Roberta and Elizabeth (Place) Abbott. She grew up in a tight knit family with family values which embedded her daily life. Her childhood days were spent finding ways to fill days making fun with her three sisters and neighborhood kids; riding bikes, playing hopscotch, setting up homemade tents and riding Rupp snowmobiles with her Dad that he managed to keep running. Roberta shared a bed with her sister Linda and Linda’s memory included that her standard of cleanliness didn’t match Roberta’s! Roberta was a neat freak and she would make Linda wash her feet before she could get into bed. To make sure she stayed on her own side; Roberta rolled up a blanket and placed it in the middle of the bed for extra assurance that their feet wouldn’t touch one another!
Mrs. Abbott made sure it was a priority for her children to attend Sunday school and church each Sunday which Roberta continued into her adult life. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert, and they had just reached their 46th year of marriage. Family was very important to both she and her husband; many happy memories were made as they shared time with both of their families.
Following graduating from Massabesic High School, with the Class of 1971, Roberta pursued a career with Union Mutual (now known as Unum) and enjoyed working their until her retirement in 2015. She developed lifelong friendships with a few of her co-workers including Barry, Gary, Carlene and Trish. She still hosted holiday get-togethers at her house with them through the years, including this past Christmas. Roberta took great pride and enjoyment from maintaining a meticulous yard and working in her flower gardens.
Roberta was a down to earth woman. No frills and she told it like it was. That’s probably why she loved watching Judge Judy! Although she tried to come across as a tough cookie; she possessed a generous heart and loved unconditionally. She received a lot of pleasure out of keeping up with what was going on within the family, and putting much thought and love into “just the right gift” for them on holidays, making them their favorite blueberry pie for their birthday or slipping someone an unexpected gift when it was needed the most.
She made sure geraniums were on her parent’s and sister’s grave each summer, Mums in the fall and a Christmas basket during the holidays. A tradition that will be carried on! Roberta also looked forward to planning a get-together at her house for the LaPage side of the family – a tradition that will surely be missed. She always looked forward to picking strawberries wither her mother and in later years her fresh strawberries with cream cheese dip on the 4th of July became a staple that you could count on! We all looked forward to her pumpkin rolls and holiday mix every year!
One of the family traditions she made with her sisters Gaye and Linda was shopping “until they dropped” in North Conway the day after Thanksgiving which included eating out at Apple Bees and enjoying a Mud Slide.
Roberta had a lot of the same characteristics and personality of her father, Robert Abbott and was often referred to as “Robert Jr.” She had a reputation for “telling it like it was with a tough attitude” – but, there was no one that cared more. She was like an Oreo cookie – hard on the outside but gooey and soft on the inside.
Shortly after marrying, she found herself in need of a kidney transplant and after only a few months on dialysis became a recipient of a transplant that gave her the freedom from dialysis for 30 plus years! We celebrated as a family by going out to eat! In spite of working full-time, she spent endless hours tending to the needs of her grandmother, her parents and her sister in their last years. After her sister Mary passed she and her husband Robert opened their home to her sister’s daughter, Cheyenne and provided her with a home any child would give their “eye teeth” for!
Roberta and Robert provided tough love and guidance in an effort to help Cheyenne become a responsible adult someday and able to take care of herself. Endless hours were spent in guidance and instruction with the goal of Cheyenne becoming a self-sufficient, independent woman. Roberta really took her under her wing and with a dose of humor and love; gave her the tools needed to be successful in life. Roberta took great pleasure in providing for Cheyenne’s every need, while trying to maintain her “tough” reputation. Deep down she was such a softie!
Roberta has been dealing with health issues for the last two years of her life. Her devoted husband Robert has been her rock, her biggest supporter throughout it all. Her love of life on Ossipee Hill Road was quite obvious with Robert and her Boxer, Max! She and Robert have owned several Boxers throughout their lives and they were definitely important family members whom they loved spoiling. Her beloved Boxer, Bellamy became ill and crossed The Rainbow Bridge last year. She and her sister Gaye would meet most mornings to walk their dogs together until her health waned. She always tried to put a positive spin on things to anyone on the outside, but family members could see her struggle and declining health. She was a trooper and gave it her best until the very end. She was “the Real Deal” and will be remembered for being fun loving, quick witted, snarky, organized and dog lover – especially her Boxers. Roberta would be the first one to reach out to those that needed a helping hand up.
Roberta made an impression not only with her immediate family, but with those who had the good fortune of being in her circle of friends. She was beautiful, inside and out. Feisty at times – a strong woman who fought for the underdog and her shoes can never be filled and she will be forever missed by all that were graced by her presence.
She is lovingly survived by her husband, Robert LaPage, Jr., niece Cheyenne, sisters, Gaye Littlefield and husband Gordon, Linda McNamee and husband Bruce, sister-in-law Jackie Campbell and husband Larry, brother-in-law Raymond Gray, nieces Angela Littlefield (who drove her to the hospital in Boston), Melina Richards, Amy Noble, Heather Glidden, Amanda Thornton, Kathy Carroll, Tracy Gray and nephews, DJ Sawyer, and Jonathan Campbell; and many great nieces and great nephews.
A private graveside will be held for immediate family at Elder Grey Cemetery on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Matt O’Neil officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF Serving New England) 209 West Central Street, Suite 220, Natick, MA 01760.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.