Obituaries Florence Cobb

Florence (Laurie) Cobb, 94, died Thursday, June 5, 2003 in Chapel Hill, NC. She was born in St. Cloud, MN in 1908 and lived as a child in Minnesota, Idaho and California. She graduated from Pomona College in 1930. While at Pomona, she met Henry Cobb whom she married in 1932.

After their marriage, Mrs. Cobb became a homemaker and took up the responsibility of raising five children. They lived first in New Haven, CT and then moved around the country as Mr. Cobb pursued a successful academic career � living in Greenville, SC, Northfield, MN, and Vermillion. Eventually they retired to Chapel Hill in 1974. At the time of Mr. Cobb's death in 1998, they had been married for over 66 years.

Mrs. Cobb was a strong, though quiet, force in her family and her community. In Vermillion, she played a leadership role in the local chapter of the League of Women Voters and served for a time on the City Council. She sang and played the piano. She loved music and passed that love on to her children.

After the birth in 1946 of their youngest son David, who has severe autism and mental retardation, she and Mr. Cobb became very active in promoting the interests of mentally retarded children and their families in a wide variety of forums. Together they started the first group for parents of disabled children in the state. She became a special education teacher and taught for many years in public schools in the Vermillion area.

In Chapel Hill, she and Mr. Cobb became active in the Society of Friends. In later years, Mrs. Cobb suffered from blindness and a lack of mobility, but was nevertheless the center of an intellectually active and caring group of friends who treasured her for her wisdom, insight and unfailing good nature.

She lived in the retirement community of Carol Woods, where she was much loved by all who came in contact with her. She will be missed by her family and her caregivers and all of her other friends for her unfailingly positive spirit and her deep interest in others.

She is survived by her five children, Margaret (Peggy) Neville of Denver, CO, Judith Cobb of New York City, Catherine Morocco of Newton, MA, Peter Cobb of New York City, and David Cobb of Durham, NC, as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC.

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