Roberta

June 22, 1927 ~ June 2, 2021

Born in: Belfast, NY
Resided in: Rochester , NY

 Rochester passed peacefully on June 2 at age 93.  Predeceased by husband Frank (2014) after 64 years of marriage and son Craig (1980).  Lovingly remembered by her family in Canada: son David (Linda), grandsons Shawn and Andrew (Ashley Porter) and great granddaughters, Georgia and Elizabeth. Predeceased by brother, Robert V.L. Guilford (2011). She will be missed by his 5 children and many relatives in the Gifford family. Roberta was known for her strong Christian faith. She and Frank were active members at Genesee Baptist Church for over 40 years. Roberta worked as a secretary at Highland Hospital for 22 years. In retirement they moved to North Chili and joined Pearce Church where they enjoyed fellowship for 25 years.  Roberta loved to travel. She had been to all 50 states, most of Canada and to 5 other continents. She will be missed by her many friends and staff at Seabury Woods in Gates where she lived for the past 12 ½ years. The family wishes to thank all the Seabury staff who gave her such good care and friendship during these years. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses on 7 West at Highland Hospital who cared for her with such compassion in her final days.  Cremation has taken place according to her wishes. Due to pandemic border travel restrictions there will be no public services at this time.

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  1. Remembering many pastoral visits with Roberta and Frank over the years. I thank the Lord for Roberta’s concern for others and her determination to face whatever challenges life brought her way. Roberta had a strong faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Roberta was a dear friend. She loved the Lord. It was a delight to be in her company, whether it was playing cards, attending Pearce Memorial Church, soaking in a musical performance at Roberts Wesleyan College, dining with her at Seabury Woods, or sharing our cares and joys. She will be dearly missed.

  3. I’m thankful for knowing this great woman. She welcomed me with open arms and treated me with love and kindness over the years. I will miss her.

  4. Aunt Roberta shared all holidays with me and my Guilford family. My aunt Roberta and I also share June Birthdays two days apart: June 20th and June 22nd; I will celebrate Roberta’s 94th birthday on June 22nd with cake and ice cream along with the Birthday card I had ready to mail. For three generations there was only one Guilford girl: my great aunt, Bernice Guilford, my aunt, Roberta Guilford Gifford, and myself, Deborah L. Guilford…I miss my Guilford grandparents, father, and aunt. Deborah L. Guilford Irizarry.

  5. My aunt Roberta shared all my childhood holidays with the Guilford family. Aunt Roberta and I share June birthdays two days apart: June 20th and June 22nd. I will celebrate Aunt Roberta’s 94th birthday with cake and ice cream. There was only one Guilford girl born for three generations; my great aunt Bernice Guilford, my aunt Roberta Guilford, and myself, Deborah L. Guilford. We share a special Guilford bond.

  6. Prayers for David, Linda and family as you go through this as it has been inconvenienced by a virus. Peace and comfort to you all. I knew Aunt Roberta as Aunt Bobbie back in the day and always enjoyed time spent with our extended family.

  7. Please accept my sympathies with the passing of Roberta Gifford. Words are meaningless at a time like this but please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thank you for thinking of us. David and I were with her when she passed and are thankful for the time we had with her. Linda

  8. I’ll miss you. You were part of my life since birth. Of course I remember the desserts you brought to family get together a. I remember when we were church buddies. Then life changed for you and for me. But as years passed we reconnected along with others in the family. You and your love will endure with me and I’m sure with so many others.
    The “nice” nephew.

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