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Alice A. B. Cobb



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Date published: 12/22/2013

Alice A. B. Cobb

Alice Ashton Barrows Cobb, 72, of Roanoke joined a higher calling Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A collector of angels, she has now joined them.

She was born March 8, 1941, in Norfolk. 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 and four children Mikenna Danielle Fidgeon, Max Henry Fidgeon, Kiley Elizabeth Anderson and Thomas Luke Anderson; 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 Bicentennial Celebration of our country's independence in Yorktown. She was a subsequent member of the Virginia Frontier chapter in Lexington 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 three years in her fight against ovarian cancer. Subsequent complications provided her final battle. Remembrances should be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Endowment Fund at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Roanoke. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church cemetery in King George County, handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.