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Nov. 4, 1934 – Nov. 6, 2012

Roberta M. Rathbun of East Aurora, a retired paralegal and longtime member of the Aurora Players, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was 78.

Born Roberta M. Doubrough in Buffalo, she graduated from Riverside High School with honors and completed two years of college. Mrs. Rathbun was a paralegal with the Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear law firm from 1975 until her retirement in 2000.

However, local theater was Mrs. Rathbun’s passion. She was a member of the Aurora Players, having both acted in and directed several of its productions. In addition, she served variously as the theater group’s president and vice president over many years, and also as its chief costume designer.

She and her husband of 34 years, M. Richard Rathbun, met through their association with the Aurora Players.

He said the last big production his wife was involved in was “My Fair Lady,” performed in 2011 at the group’s theater in Hamlin Park, East Aurora.

“She and her crew worked on that for the whole summer ... and the production went up in October and November,” her husband said. “Her one scene that she concentrated on was the Ascot race. She [designed the costumes] in black and white. And when the lights came up on the scene, the audience stood up and applauded,” said Rathbun.

“She devoted her life to the [Aurora] Players,” he added.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Debora Anne Tully; a son, Derek Bill; and a sister, Jacqueline Hoh.

A service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kenneth Howe Funeral Home, 64 Maple St., East Aurora.