Alice Barrows Cobb
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Norfolk - Alice Ashton Barrows Cobb, 72, of Roanoke, joined a higher calling December 20, 2013. A collector of angels, she has now joined them. She was born March 8, 1941 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was predeceased by her parents Leon Robert Barrows and Alice Ashton Fitzhugh Barrows.
She graduated from Granby high school in Norfolk and attended Old Dominion University where she met Raymond Gilliam Cobb, her husband of 51 years, who survives her. She is also survived by a son Daniel Fitzhugh Cobb and his two children Michael Christopher and Christine Ashton; and by a daughter Alice-Ashton Anderson with her husband Thomas W. Anderson of Richmond, four children Mikenna Danielle Fidgeon, Max Henry Fidgeon, Kiley Elizabeth Anderson, and Thomas Luke Anderson. She is also survived by a sister Roberta B. Nettelhorst and her husband Ralph E. Nettelhorst and their children Douglas Mason Nettelhorst, Michael Barrows Nettelhorst and Sarah Lane Nettelhorst Critzer.
She was devoted to the care and love of two of her grandchildren she and her husband accepted to raise over the previous 12 years. She was like a mother to Michael and Christine.
Alice was deeply caring and emotional about family and family history. She loved and wanted to keep in touch with close and extended family around her and cherished knowledge about her ancestors and any associated memorabilia or items that came to her. She was a proud member of the DAR for many years. As a member of the Comte De Grasse chapter she was an active participant in the 1976 Bi-Centennial celebration of our country's independence in Yorktown, Virginia. She was a subsequent member of the Virginia Frontier chapter in Lexington, Virginia and the Nancy Christian Fleming chapter in Roanoke. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was an active communicant at Colonial Grace Episcopal in Yorktown, R E Lee Episcopal in Lexington and most recently St. John's Episcopal in Roanoke.
Alice was a serious competitor for nearly 3 years in her fight against ovarian cancer. Subsequent complications provided her final battle. Remembrances should be directed to the
or the Endowment Fund at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 23, at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Her committal service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, at The St. Paul Episcopal Church Cemetery in St. George, VA., and those arrangements are being handled by the Nash & Slaw Funeral Home of St. George.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, www.oakeys.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 22, 2013