November 12, 1932 — August 7, 2020
Virginia Tait Finnegan Roberts passed away at 87 years of age at her home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas on August 7, 2020. Virginia was born, raised and attended school in Mobile Alabama.
She is survived by her husband, Evan Roberts, of Horseshoe Bay, five children, Patricia Finnegan McGowan (James O. Cure), Linda Finnegan Oriti (Don Oriti), Cathy Gonsoulin, James Michael Finnegan and Joan Zapata (Jesse Zapata Jr.), four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
During her career, before retiring in 1993, she was active in hotel sales and management at numerous properties nationwide, and in the late 1970s was employed by the national Hotel Sales and Marketing Association. She was also active in the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, America’s Junior Miss Pageant, Kiwanis and many civic organizations. Her favorite Hotel was Mountain Lake Hotel near Pembroke, Virginia where she worked and often stayed while in the employ of Mary Moody Northern. She wrote a book, entitled “Mountain Lake Remembered, “ published in 1994, about that Hotel and Giles County, Virginia.
Virginia married Evan Roberts when she was 60 years old and they worked and traveled extensively in the United States and, in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She enjoyed singing Alto with the Bluebonnet Chorus and attended Christian Church services wherever she and Evan were living and working.
Virginia lived with Alzheimer’s disease for about four years before her death, and memorials in her honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.
A family celebration of life is planned for a later date in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She will be missed by all those who knew her. She had a smile and a kind word for everyone. An online guest registry may be signed at PutnamCares. com.
Virginia’s care entrusted to Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, Kingsland.