Betty Willa Coffman Robertson
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POCOMOKE CITY — Betty Willa Coffman Robertson, 94, of Pocomoke City died peacefully Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Atria Assisted Living Community in Salisbury. Born in Keyser, W.Va., on Nov. 6, 1917, Betty was the daughter of the late Bess Dean and George William Coffman.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert Harlan Robertson Jr. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Frederick E. Coffman of Ellicott City, Md. and James R. Coffman of Baltimore; and sisters-in-law, Julia B. Robertson of Pocomoke City, Annie Kerns Schicktanz of Junction City, Kan., and Charlotte C. Gilmore of St. Petersburg, Fla.
She is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Boyd and her husband, Dr. Daniel M. Boyd, of Waynesville, N.C., and Martha R. Jackson of Pocomoke City; four grandchildren, David Harlan Boyd of Waynesville, N.C., Mary Alice Boyd of Charlotte, N.C., Joseph (Jay) Anthony Jackson IV of Indialantic, Fla., and Robert Dean Jackson of Haleiwa, Hawaii; and a great-grandson, Bryce Harlan Boyd of Waynesville, N.C. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Velma H. Coffman of Baltimore; several very dear nieces and nephews; and many friends in Pocomoke City and Salisbury.
Betty graduated with a degree in piano and organ from Hood College in Frederick, Md., in 1939 and spent almost her entire life in Pocomoke City. Her father had a chain of small department stores called the Coffman Fisher Company in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
This business brought her family to Pocomoke City. The Coffman family lived across the street from the Robertson family, and in 1941 she married her childhood friend and neighbor, Bobby.
Betty was always instrumental in doing for others. She started the Pocomoke Civic Council Clothing Room in the 1950s, and among other volunteer work was active with the Samaritan Shelter, Red Cross Relief and Holiday Basket Deliveries. Betty and her husband, Bobby, were honored in 1998 with the Maryland's Most Beautiful People award for their volunteer efforts in Worcester County. They traveled to Annapolis to receive the award from the governor.
Betty was a member of Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church in Pocomoke City for more than 70 years, serving in capacities including pianist, organist, trustee and elder. She loved her church, her family and friends, symphony concerts and her flowers, especially the roses and calla lilies in her yard. She was an avid reader, gardener and bridge player. She was a member of the Worcester County Historical Society and the Pocomoke River Garden Club, and a charter member of the Worcester County Garden Club.
She was an inspiration to all who met her. Her dignity, optimism, graciousness and smile will be remembered by all who came in contact with her.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church in Pocomoke City.
Published in The Daily Times on Apr. 26, 2012