Roberta T. Naranjo
Published 1:43 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017
RICHMOND — Roberta Tyner Naranjo, 85, passed away on Dec. 31, 2016, at home surrounded by family.
“Bobbie” was born on Oct. 28, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri, the third child of Olive Mary Tyner and John Tyner. She was predeceased by her siblings, Patsy “Pat” Tyner Thurtle, Eugene D. Tyner and John Tyner.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Dr. Jorge A. Naranjo, M.D.; four children, spouses and grandsons: Leslie Naranjo and sons, Ashby and Davis Lupold; Valery Douglas and husband, Kevin Douglas; Celia Naranjo and partner, Chad Hajek; and Gregory Naranjo and partner, John Truran. Other survivors include nephews, George, John and Phillip Thurtle, and niece, Cindy Olson; nephews, Jack, Gene, Jeffrey and Steve Tyner; and cousin, Kay M. Knepprath.
Bobbie, Jorge and their four children moved to Boykins in 1964 at the invitation of the community to open a family medical practice. Bobbie, sustained by her faith, a belief in service to her community and a commitment to social justice and equality in education and medical services, managed her husband’s medical office for more than 40 years affecting many lives. The couple have been devoted members of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Franklin, Virginia, where Bobbie served in various roles including lay minister, catechism instructor and parish council member.
Her second career was as an advocate for public schools, representing Boykins on the Southampton County School Board, and acting in many capacities including vice chair of the board; chair of the Superintendent Election Committee; chair of the Budget Committee, during which she was instrumental in the construction of three new schools. In 2014, she was recognized by a Joint House Resolution of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia for her more than 40 years working in the arts and public education, and her work as a school liaison to arts organizations.
Bobbie had a deep passion for music, art and literature and was a voracious reader of books, newspapers, magazines and all news media. Her love for beauty, nature and culture included museums, dramatic and musical theater, ballet and live musical performances. She nurtured in others a responsibility for humane treatment for all creatures. Due to the forecast of severe inclement weather, the family of the late Roberta T. Naranjo has decided to postpone the Mass of the Resurrection, which was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m., in St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 1014 Clay St., Franklin. A new date for the service will be announced later.
A memorial celebration will be held in spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to:
The Outreach Program of Rawls Museum Arts, 22376 Linden St., Courtland, VA 23837 http://www.rawlsarts.com/p/outreach.html
Isle of Wight County Humane Society, http://www.iowchs.org, or Southampton County Public Schools for Art Education, Fine Arts Department, ℅ Southampton High School, 23350 Southampton Parkway, Courtland, VA 23837
The family would like to thank the aides and caregivers of Heartland Hospice and Gayton Terrace for their care of our mother.
Editor’s note: The obituary was edited on Friday to alert readers to the change of plans for the funeral.