Roberta Ruth (Walker) Callum of Unity, NH died March 29th, 2019, at Valley Regional Hospital.
She was born in Claremont, NH, on July 2, 1924, the daughter of Willard H. and Adelaide Coombs (Gay) Walker. She attended Unity schools and Farwell School in No. Charlestown, Charlestown High, and Stevens High School. Roberta married John M. Callum on July 24, 1942 in Charlestown, NH; they were married for 46 years until John’s death on March 24th, 1988. She worked at Tambrands, Inc. in Claremont for more than 25 years, retiring in 1990. Roberta was a member of the Lempster Methodist Church and a charter member of the Unity Historical Society serving as its first President, and later on as Treasurer. She was local chairman of the 5 yr. Celebration of the country’s 200th Anniversary. The Historical Society and other Unity residents made a float for the parade held in Concord, NH, on June 21st. 1988. The Unity float won 3rd place. Roberta was a big part of Unity’s own 200th celebration on September, 20th, 1987.
Roberta was one of many in the Historical Society who lobbied to have the Unity Town Hall refurbished, the Chase Tavern rebuilt and pushed to have a Gazebo built on the town common. Roberta loved to traveling and after retiring; she was able to travel to: Hawaii, Spain, Italy, and Mexico.
Roberta is survived by three sons: John (Linda) Callum, Unity, Jim (Linda) Callum Sunapee, Terry E. (Nancyann) Callum, Unity one daughter Claudia (George) Harrison, St. Croix. Nine grandchildren: Rhonda, Heidi, Shelly, Terry, Kimberly, Eric, Todd, Nathan, and Julie. Twelve great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
Roberta was preceded in death by her husband John M Callum Sr., two brothers: Theodore and Franklin Walker, two half sisters: Lillian and Edith Hartwell, two brother-in-laws and their wives: Cecil and Geraldine Callum, Andrew and Lillian Callum, one sister-in-law: Marion (Callum) and John Fellows, and a great grandson, Jonathan Troy Callum. Roberta will be greatly missed by all! She was truly loved by her family and many, many friends!
Friends and family may call at Roy’s Funeral Home in Claremont, NH, on April 6th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM with the funeral immediately following. After the funeral there will be a celebration of Roberta’s life at the Unity Town Hall in Unity, NH. Burial will be at a later date at Hope Hill Cemetery, No. Charlestown, NH, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Veterans Memorial c/o the Unity Historical Society, HCR 66 Box 176, Newport, NH, 03773-8601.
The family of Roberta Callum would like to give our appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Valley Regional Hospital for the wonderful care they gave to Roberta and her family through the hours preceding Roberta’s passing. We would also like to thank Keady Family Practice, Dr. Keady, for the wonderful care she gave to our Mother, Roberta. We also would like to thank New London Hospital, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Unity Fast Squad, and Golden Cross.
You are invited to share a memory of Roberta with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com.
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