Lura Alice Beavers Robertson, of Radford, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Lura Alice was born on January 14, 1934, in Cedar Bluff, Va. She was the youngest child of the late Stuart Allen Beavers, Sr., and Nancy Lake Repass Beavers.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Katherine Beavers, and her brother, Stuart Allen (Bus) Beavers, Jr.
Lura Alice is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Dr. Richard L. Robertson. She is also survived by her three children: Rick (Nancy) Robertson of Boston, Mass.; Mary Beth (David) Greer of Radford; and Lura Ann (Larry) Pitchford, also of Radford.
Lura Alice was an adoring and equally adored Nana to seven grandchildren: Joanna (Patrick) and Greer Premand of Washington, D.C.; Allison (Russell) and Greer Smith ofNewport News, Va.; Gray (Jamie) Pitchford of Inwood, W.Va.; Kate Pitchford of Blacksburg; Alex (Debora Spairani) Robertson of Boston, Mass.; Molly (Michael Vu) Greer of Falls Church, Va.; and Cole Pitchford of Radford; a sister-in-law, Kay Beavers; and a newphew, Scott Beavers of Richmond. Lura Alice and Richard are also the proud great-grandparents of Denver and Maci Pitchford, Louisa Premand, and Lee Smith.
Lura Alice’s life was guided by her deep love of music, her appreciation for education, and her strong commitment to family and faith. After graduating from Richlands High School, she received her BA degree from Longwood College in 1954 and began teaching English. She married Dr. Richard Robertson on June 13, 1959, a week after he finished medical school in Richmond. They settled in Radford in 1963 where they raised their three children.
Lura Alice became known as an accomplished pianist and organist. She particularly enjoyed being a church organist and was always willing to lend her musical talents to any religious service. In 1975, Lura Alice earned a Masters in piano performance from Radford University. She continued to study organ, piano and harpsichord with various instructors for many years. She felt learning was a lifelong endeavor.
Her family knew Lura Alice as a woman of great spiritual depth and unwavering conviction. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was, and shall ever be, their Nana who loved them dearly and who reveled in their accomplishments, but expected them to become good people above all else.
On behalf of Lura Alice, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Commonwealth Memory Care Staff in Radford. Their professionalism and kindness, especially through this difficult year, was sincerely appreciated.
Due to the current situation, the family will hold a private service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Presbyterian Church of Radford, 201 Fourth Street, Radford, Virginia 24141.
The Robertson family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home in Radford.