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Lucy Roberson

Lucy Tuttle Roberson, 88, died Saturday, March 10 at her home in Samaritan Village, Hughson.

She was born in Delano to Arthur L. and Bessie (Mackey) Tuttle. She married in 1943, and raised her family in Salinas, where she worked as a seamstress.

In 1973, she began fighting for women’s rights. She was active with the National Organization for Women and in 1975 she co-founded the Salinas ‘Women’s Crisis Line’. In the 1980s, the entity became the Women’s Crisis Center where she remained active as co-founder, volunteer advocate/counselor, and finally a board member until her retirement in 1998. In 2008, she moved to Oakdale.

Mrs. Roberson loved bowling – participating in tournaments until age 82, traveling, camping, Lake Tahoe, and the company of her family. She was well respected and a trusted friend who believed in the Golden Rule and Paying it Forward. Her hero was her mother and she was a hero to her family.

The family is grateful to Community Hospice and Samaritan Village/Country Manor for their unequaled care and kindness.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert W. Roberson; daughters, Sandy (Paul ‘Skip’) Morris of Pittsburg Kans., Laura (John Stavely) Roberson-Giusta of Corning, Leslie (Russell) Hancock of Prunedale; sons, Tim (Elaine) of Salinas, Michael (Barbara) of Oakdale, and Dan (Karen) of Sacramento; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

No services are planned.

The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

March 14, 2012