Roberta C. Greenleaf

Greenleaf.jpgRoberta (Robbie) C Greenleaf


Born October 5, 1941 to Howard and Ruby DeLong of Massachusetts and brought up by Virginia and Milton Webster and attended Merrimac MA schools.  Siblings Howard, Harold, Donald, Eleanor, Robert, William and Brenda.  This is where she met the love of her life.  She married Walter Eben Greenleaf Jr on Nov 14, 1959 in Pennsylvania.  She is survived by Eben her husband of 63 years, four children: Walter E Greenleaf III (Penny), Gail Maclaren, Dedee Greenleaf-Hodgdon (Troy), David Greenleaf (Lisa), 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren (one on the way), 1 great-great (1 on the way), and many nieces and nephews.

As a young adult Robbie enjoyed horseback riding and roller-skating.  Dear friends Dianne Andrews and Helene Palmer would sneak into her backyard and play whenever they could. She was a huge Elvis and Dolly Parton fan. Some of her favorite past times were oil painting, crocheting, sewing, collecting Beanie Babies and going to Bluegrass Festivals. She has crocheted many baby beanies, blankets and booties that she delivered to Miles Hospital over the years. There wasn’t a craft she hadn’t tried and loved making homemade gifts for her family. She loved all things sparkly and shiny from jewelry to accessories.  In the 70’s she was a Girl Scout Leader when her girls were of age and in the 90’s she and Dedee were co troop leaders of her granddaughter in Westport.  In the 80’s she inherited the name “Gadget” from her Bluegrass friends. If anyone had forgotten or needed any item they could always go to “her” camper and she would have at least one spare-it didn’t matter what it was. Many friends were made at these festivals.  One of her Bluegrass favorites were the Gibson Brothers-she was able to go to Branden VT festival with Eben last fall and, with the help of Shellie and Arden Williams, Eric Gibson came into the audience to sit and talk with them. She has raised multiple sets of cockatiels from the nest and even taught a few to talk. You could usually find her and Eben at the R/C race track or Wiscasset Speedway, where they raced in the 60s, watching their friends, grandson, and grandson in law.

In her 60’s Robbie got her motorcycle license and travelled the roads of Maine with Eben, family and friends.  Lake George NY was a favorite during Americade motorcycle rally week in June.

Robbie was able to stay home where she passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan 5, 2023. A huge “Thank you” to all of Hospice, the many volunteers, family and friends that helped fulfill her wishes to keep her at home. A Bluegrass Celebration of life is to be hosted by her family and friends in March at the Westport Town Hall 12-4pm.