Judy Gail Roberts, Loving Memory


November 26, 1944 - April 18, 2002


   Judy Gail Roberts, age 57, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, in Leesburg, Florida. A native of Miami, where she was a canvas seamstress, she moved here from Big Pine Key in 1994.  Mrs. Roberts was a senior regent of Women of the Moose Lodge No.1810.
   Survivors include her husband of 22 years, James D. Roberts, Oxford; sons, Scott A. Smith, DeLand, Paul W. Smith and Steven R. Smith, both of Oxford; daughter, Patti Jo Germaine, Wildwood; brother, David L. Crabb, Oxford; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, provided information


   Judy Roberts touched the lives of many people all around the world by way of the internet. Those among her genealogy friends and sewing circles, knew her as a loving and compassionate person. Many of us had the joy of getting to know her as a personal friend. She shared genealogy with many. Even tutored some young genealogists. 

   We remember Judy for her loving spirit, her kindness and generosity. Also for her grand sense of humor! She loved to laugh and make those around her laugh too. She will live in our memories always. And our lives are better for having her touch a part of them, and having known her. 

   Judy's greatest joy was her family. All who knew her, knew this to be so. A few days after she was diagnosed with cancer, her first great-grandson was born. She said that Brandon Lee was like a breath of fresh air, and a reminder that life does go on. She loved the photo of him, which his parents posted online, because she said, it looked as though he was praying. She printed out the photo and put it beside her computer so that she could enjoy the inspiration of it every day.

   We who knew Judy, knew her love for creativity. She was very artistic, and enjoyed many crafts. Her greatest passion however, was sewing, and she was 'heard' to make the comment, by way of e-mail, that her husband Jim, said she could  "fly" a sewing machine. Many of her loved ones enjoyed the work of her hands, for she truly enjoyed making things for them.

   Judy was very good about helping out any way she could on the various e-mail lists she subscribed to. She was the Co-Manager for the GAWARE List. Her dedication and hard work was appreciated by many of us. She is sorely missed.

   Judy, like many of us, had a passion for genealogy.  She pursued her husband Jim's family history and genealogy, as well as her own. She was connected to "the" Buster Crabb. She had connections to the "Putnam" family involved in the Salem Witch Trials, and also to the "Dalton" family, of the Dalton Gang fame. She had a poster of the Dalton Gang on the wall near her computer. With ancestors like these, she was of course a member of the "Black Sheep" Genealogy Society.

   Judy Gail Crabb Roberts, has left to her descendants, and friends and all who loved her, such wonderful pleasant memories. While we cling to our cherished memories, the presence of her bright spirit is missed by all.

Left: Judy Roberts & Grandson David    Left: Judy's great-grandson Brandon Lee White

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