Roberta Dutton O'Farrell

Roberta Dutton O'Farrell

Roberta Dutton O'Farrell died, surrounded by her loving family, in the evening of November 20, 2012. Born in Knox City, Texas on December 16, 1916, she moved to Washington at age seven, living in the Tacoma, Yelm and Olympia areas.

Her first place of employment, as a bookkeeper and receptionist, was for the Tacoma Club. It was here that she met her future husband, Howard O'Farrell. They were married in 1940. Roberta, Howard and their three children moved to Renton in 1954 where they opened H&R Distributing. Later, in 1962, they built, owned, and operated the Renton Golf Range located on the shore of Lake Washington. When the Renton Golf Range sold in 1974 Roberta found another occupation that she enjoyed, selling pianos and organs as the manager of McRae Music.

Roberta enjoyed playing the organ and keyboard, gardening, swimming, and ballroom dancing with her good friend Tom Edwards. She also enjoyed golfing and was proud of her hole in one. Her family loved having her with them on boating trips in the San Juan Islands and vacations to Maui.

Roberta was a member of Lakeridge Lutheran Church, Lakeridge Garden Club and Maplewood Golf Club for 57 years. She was happiest when she was with family and friends that she loved and cared for so much.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard O'Farrell in 1974.

Roberta was the matriarch to a large loving family and is survived by daughters Janet Schaefer (Gordy) and Nancy Johnston (George) and son Gregory O'Farrell (Darlene); seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Lakeridge Lutheran Church December 5th, 2012 at two o'clock. Remembrances can be made in Roberta's honor to Lakeridge Lutheran Church. Additional information can be found at

Funeral Home

Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home
350 Monroe Ave Ne Renton, WA 98056
(425) 255-1511

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012