Roberta Vale Cosner Wolf Dye, a resident of Elkins, WV, died December 28, 2023 in Morgantown, WV at the age of 88.
Roberta was born in Porterwood, WV, on January 24, 1935 of the late Simon E. and Grace V. Smith Cosner. Roberta was married to Capt. Philip G. Wolf from July 2, 1955 to February 18, 1965 when he was killed in a helicopter accident. On September 15, 1967 she was married to Richard W. Dye who also preceded her in death on October 18, 2018.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Elizabeth G. Wolf Mahoney and husband Greg; James R. Wolf and wife Dr. Molly Bliss; Damon L. Dye and wife, Jennifer. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Brendan Coleman, Brittany Coleman LaRue, Austin Dye, Ethan Dye, and Josselyn Wolf; one great-grandchild, Adeline LaRue; one brother, David D. Cosner and eighteen nieces and nephews.
Preceding Roberta in death are five sisters: Helen A. Nickeson, Sicely M. Coffelt, Vallie V. Goff, Margaret C. Willson and Wanda W. Luzier and four brothers: Clinton Cosner, Durward E. Cosner, Chester C. Cosner, and Daris T. Cosner.
Roberta attended schools in Porterwood and Parsons, WV. She graduated from Kearny High School, San Diego, California class of 1952. She worked as a cab dispatcher at Parsons Cab Service in Parsons, WV; as a salesperson and shipping clerk at Dorman Mills in Parson, WV; as a Statistics Clerk in the Agriculture Department at WV University; an office manager at Cupps Furniture in Elkins, WV and retired from the USDA Forest Service in 1997 where she served as Staff Secretary.
Roberta was a long-time member of the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, President of Adult Bible Class, member of Circle 6, President and Life Member of the Presbyterian Women, a Deacon and Elder and a member of the choir. She also worked with Literacy Volunteers and Friends of the Library.
In 2022 Roberta became a resident at Mountain Memories Assisted Living and Retirement Center where she became an important fixture as she had in every other community she belonged to in her life. Whether it was Porterwood, WV, San Diego, California, US Army Bases in Europe and the United States or Elkins, WV Roberta always found her “people” and thrived. It was because she genuinely cared about other people more than herself. She lived a life of service for others for which she will be fondly remembered.
A Celebration of Life Service is planned for the spring of 2024. Details will be made available on the Lohr and Barb Funeral Home website in due course.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, 450 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241; The Randolph County Senior Center, Fifth Street, Elkins, WV 26241; the Elkins Public Library, 416 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241 or plant a tree in Roberta Dye’s name via the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home website. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Roberta Vale Cosner Wolf Dye. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com