COVINGTON - Barbara L. Raby, age 71, of Covington passed away following a lengthy illness at her residence on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born in Covington on March 6, 1941, the daughter of the late William and Vendla Raby. Barb graduated from L'Anse High School in 1959. She married James Raby in Covington in 1959. He preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2004. Barb was the L'Anse director of the United States Department of Agriculture until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, lifetime member of Covington VFW Ladies Auxiliary, former member of the Covington School Board, and was the bar manager for the Covington VFW. Barb was an avid radio trivia fan, she enjoyed gardening, bowling and was a member of Baraga County Women's Bowling League, she played first base for Baraga County Baseball League, and enjoyed working on the farm. She was known for her Waldorf salad that she made for special occasions, and most of all she loved her family and great grandchildren.
Mrs. Raby is survived by her daughters, Julie Raby (Larry) of Baraga and Charlene Raby of Covington; grandchildren, Jackie and Nick Grice, Jenny, Vicki and Randy, and Alyssa; great grandchildren, Kodie, Morgan, Dylan, Tyler, Ryan, and Ella, brother William (Susie) Hemminger of Covington; half-brother, Melvin (Collie) Hemminger of Waterford; and sister, Dorothy (Slim) Morris of Clarkston. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members also survive.
She was preceded in death by her grandson James, and sister Lillian.
A memorial funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Covington with Pastor Mark Reinsch officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the memorial funeral service, the family invites friends to join them for fellowship and a luncheon at the Covington VFW Post 8945. Spring interment will take place in the Covington Cemetery.
Mrs. Raby's obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at rfsc.net.
The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L'Anse.