Betty Jane (Orr) Roberson

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Betty Jane (Orr) Roberson

York - Betty Jane (Orr) Roberson, age 77, of York, passed away peacefully at home after an arduous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in York, PA, on January 20, 1944, and was the daughter of the late Reverend David M. and Eulamae (Nimmons) Orr.

Educated in York City Public Schools, Betty was a 1962 graduate of William Penn Senior High School and later attended York College. On May 4, 1968, she married the love of her life, James C. Roberson of Washington, NC. The union produced two children: Amy E. (Roberson) Thorpe, and David A. Roberson.

She was employed by American Chain & Cable, and PepsiCola Co. before a diagnosis of heart disease prompted her early retirement from the workforce.

A devoted wife and mother, Betty was chiefly concerned with the preservation and beautification of the home; love and loyalty to family; and faith and trust in the Lord.

Betty had a traditional upbringing. She was also a progressive thinker and believed strongly in upholding voting rights, women's rights, and creating equal rights for all. She was a "people person" and a well-versed conversationalist. She would often say she possessed a "well-educated palate" and enjoyed preparing a variety of cuisines, especially during the Christmas season which was her favorite time of year.

Betty was a true Renaissance woman who was skilled and gifted in many areas including gardening, canning, baking, photography, crafting. She was a master quilter who quilted only by hand. Her skills in gardening earned her numerous awards and prizes including first-place blue ribbons at the York County State Fair. She would receive frequent requests for her famous red pepper sauce, all the ingredients for which were grown by her and her husband, "J.C.," in their backyard.

In 2009, Betty was accredited as an instructor in the moving meditation art of Tai Chi Chuh. She would go on to teach classes for many years throughout York County including the YWCA, Central High School, and the Jewish Community Center.

Betty was the granddaughter of I.S. Nimmons, and the great granddaughter of Isaac Nimmons, prominent South Carolina freedmen. Her maternal great grandfather, Richard Grayson, served with the Union Army in the 128th Regiment United States Colored Infantry during the Civil War.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James C. Roberson. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by two children: a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Thorpe (Dr. Arthur N. Thorpe, Jr.) of Salisbury, Maryland, and a son, David Alexander Roberson of York; twin sister, Mary Kathryn Orr of York, another sister, Joyce Ann Johnson (Earl) of Summerville, SC, and brother, Charles Arthur Orr of Detroit, MI. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Shirley E. Orr of Washington, DC, Nola Holt of Baltimore, MD, Iris Ruffin of Essex, MD, one brother-in-law, Hinton Roberson of Denver, CO, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eulamae (Nimmons) Orr, father, Reverend David M. Orr, Sr., seven brothers: Dr. Henry Clayton Orr, David Morris Orr, Jr., Jesse Onic Orr, John Wallace Orr, Roger Eugene Orr, William Dean Orr, and Paul Edward Orr, and one sister: Daisy Mae Orr.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Asbury United Methodist Church, 340 E. Market St., York, PA, 17403. A public viewing will also take place at the church prior to the funeral service from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Services are entrusted to Boulding Mortuary, 471 Madison Ave., York, PA 17404.

Posted online on October 13, 2021

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Obituaries in York, PA | York Dispatch

Betty Jane (Orr) Roberson

Boulding Mortuary

Betty Jane (Orr) Roberson

York - Betty Jane (Orr) Roberson, age 77, of York, passed away peacefully at home after an arduous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in York, PA, on January 20, 1944, and was the daughter of the late Reverend David M. and Eulamae (Nimmons) Orr.

Educated in York City Public Schools, Betty was a 1962 graduate of William Penn Senior High School and later attended York College. On May 4, 1968, she married the love of her life, James C. Roberson of Washington, NC. The union produced two children: Amy E. (Roberson) Thorpe, and David A. Roberson.

She was employed by American Chain & Cable, and PepsiCola Co. before a diagnosis of heart disease prompted her early retirement from the workforce.

A devoted wife and mother, Betty was chiefly concerned with the preservation and beautification of the home; love and loyalty to family; and faith and trust in the Lord.

Betty had a traditional upbringing. She was also a progressive thinker and believed strongly in upholding voting rights, women's rights, and creating equal rights for all. She was a "people person" and a well-versed conversationalist. She would often say she possessed a "well-educated palate" and enjoyed preparing a variety of cuisines, especially during the Christmas season which was her favorite time of year.

Betty was a true Renaissance woman who was skilled and gifted in many areas including gardening, canning, baking, photography, crafting. She was a master quilter who quilted only by hand. Her skills in gardening earned her numerous awards and prizes including first-place blue ribbons at the York County State Fair. She would receive frequent requests for her famous red pepper sauce, all the ingredients for which were grown by her and her husband, "J.C.," in their backyard.

In 2009, Betty was accredited as an instructor in the moving meditation art of Tai Chi Chuh. She would go on to teach classes for many years throughout York County including the YWCA, Central High School, and the Jewish Community Center.

Betty was the granddaughter of I.S. Nimmons, and the great granddaughter of Isaac Nimmons, prominent South Carolina freedmen. Her maternal great grandfather, Richard Grayson, served with the Union Army in the 128th Regiment United States Colored Infantry during the Civil War.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James C. Roberson. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by two children: a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Thorpe (Dr. Arthur N. Thorpe, Jr.) of Salisbury, Maryland, and a son, David Alexander Roberson of York; twin sister, Mary Kathryn Orr of York, another sister, Joyce Ann Johnson (Earl) of Summerville, SC, and brother, Charles Arthur Orr of Detroit, MI. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Shirley E. Orr of Washington, DC, Nola Holt of Baltimore, MD, Iris Ruffin of Essex, MD, one brother-in-law, Hinton Roberson of Denver, CO, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eulamae (Nimmons) Orr, father, Reverend David M. Orr, Sr., seven brothers: Dr. Henry Clayton Orr, David Morris Orr, Jr., Jesse Onic Orr, John Wallace Orr, Roger Eugene Orr, William Dean Orr, and Paul Edward Orr, and one sister: Daisy Mae Orr.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Asbury United Methodist Church, 340 E. Market St., York, PA, 17403. A public viewing will also take place at the church prior to the funeral service from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Services are entrusted to Boulding Mortuary, 471 Madison Ave., York, PA 17404.

Posted online on October 13, 2021