Susan grew up on Arnold Road in Pelham, graduated from Amherst High School in 1963, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Massachusetts in 1994. She worked in restaurants, retail and office jobs, in addition to being a beloved mother, stepmother, grandmother, aunt and wife.
Susan was a person of strong feelings — often outspoken and determined, and known by many for her warmth, thoughtfulness and giving nature. She went out of her way to help people in need, and was especially involved with care for the elderly, while her deep love of animals meant that she always had room for a stray in her heart and life.
In Amherst, Susan was long involved with town concerns. She contributed ideas and much energy to town developments, like the Amherst Cinema. She was an active member of the ARHS Class of 1963, and helped organize class reunions. She served on the board of directors and fundraised for the Pioneer Valley Therapeutic Riding Association, was a long time supporter of the Bay State Morgan program at UMass, and was long active in the New England Morgan Horse Association, and its yearly show held at the Northampton Fair Grounds.
On Mount Desert Island, Susan was involved with numerous organizations including the Camp Beech Cliff outdoor education programs, the Acadia Repertory Theater and Island Connections, a transportation service for the elderly, where she was voted “Volunteer of the Year” for her dedication.
Susan’s interests included riding horses, exploring the outdoors, gardening, reading and walking the shorelines of Maine beaches. She often shared these with friends and family.
Among those who will miss her dearly are her husband, Barry Roberts; sister, Dana Preble; son, Patrick Cobbs; stepdaughter, Kathy Roberts; stepson, Kenneth Roberts; daughter-in-law, Jodi Bornstein, and grandchildren, Audrey Scout Cobbs, Sarah Vanjura and Stephen Vanjura, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Many other friends and loved ones also counted Susan among the pillars of their lives, and the family wishes to thank them all here for their important roles in Susan’s happiness.
The family will host a memorial at 212 Amherst Road in Pelham on Saturday, April 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. A scattering of ashes will be held at a later date on Mount Desert Island.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be given to the Susan B. Roberts Memorial Fund at the UMass Hadley Farm, 111 North Maple St. Hadley 01035. In Maine, Island Connections will accept donations at 15 Eagle Lake Rd., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.