Roberta Lee Larabee

Roberta Lee Larabee, 82, of Ellensburg, Wash., passed away on Dec. 14,

2019, of natural causes. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., at Whitted Funeral Chapel.

She lived in Kent, Wash., the majority of her life, recently moving to an independent living apartment in Ellensburg, Wash., in October 2018.

Roberta was born in Shelby on Jan. 7, 1937, to Leonard Laurence Bantin

and Martha Florence Bantin. She graduated from Shelby High School and was active in

the Drill Team. She went on to earn a business degree from Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash.

Roberta was married to Charles F. Larabee on July 26, 1958; they were married 61 years. Charles passed on June 27, 2019, from natural causes (Alzheimer’s) at their daughter’s home in Houston, Texas.

Roberta, in her childbearing years, was active in the Lutheran Church and was a fantastic homemaker. As her children reached the age of self-care, Roberta worked in both the health industry, Ames Nutrition store in Renton, Wash., and the Washington State liquor stores, Renton and Kent, Wash. 

She enjoyed dancing and taking the kids to the pool and lakes during the summer months. She enjoyed watching softball, baseball and football as a fan of the WSU Cougars, Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks.

Roberta was an avid

dog lover, over the years she had many loyal companions.

Survivors include her three children, Terri Roberts of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Linda Larabee of Houston, Texas, and Michael Larabee of Berwyn Heights, Md.; three

grandchildren, Mitch Roberts, Michaela Larabee and John Larabee; and two great-grandchildren, Tyson Roberts and Addison Roberts.

Condolences can be made to Roberta’s memorial page at