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Roselba Jane Lehman Combs
August 30, 1933 ~ August 4, 2013 (age 79)

LOWVILLE - Roselba Jane Lehman Combs, 79, formerly of Brookside Circle, went home to the Lord Sunday morning, August 4, 2013, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility where she had resided since October 3, 2011.

A daughter of the late Ezra and Clara Roggie Lehman, Roselba was born on August 30, 1933, at home in the Town of Harrisburg, New York.  Her mother died when Roselba was but nine years old, and Helen Hills, graciously, became her new mother.  She attended country school in the Town of Harrisburg and graduated from Lowville Academy in 1950 at the age of 16.  From 1950 until 1954, she worked as a nurse's aide at the House of the Good Samaritan in Watertown.  An outstanding employee, she gave her all while working there.

On May 26, 1951, she married Donald Edwin Combs at her parents’ home with Rev. Sawin officiating.  Mr. Combs had hitch hiked home from Germany so the couple could marry.  They lived in the Watertown area for over forty years where they raised their family.  In addition, she took care of two foster children and hosted a foreign exchange student from Finland.  While living in Watertown, she operated the Split Rail Bed and Breakfast in her home.  In 1996, both Mr. and Mrs. Combs moved to the Brookside Senior Living Community.

A wonderful cook, Mrs. Combs enjoyed entertaining company in her home.  Meticulous at knitting and crocheting, she enjoyed quilting and sewing clothing.  The heart of her home, she never met an ice cream she didn't like.

Roselba enjoyed boating and traveling with her family, particularly in the Thousand Islands and the Rideau Canal in Canada.  Together with her husband, she traveled to Germany in 1964 and again in 2004.  In 1981, she traveled to Brazil to visit her son and daughter-in-law and their family, who were working there with the Mennonite Central Committee.

A charter member of the Watertown Mennonite Church, Mrs. Combs volunteered for many years with the Christian Women's Fellowship in Watertown, and she played an active role in starting up and operating of the Agape Shoppe in Watertown.  A Vacation Bible School and Sunday School teacher at the First Mennonite Church in New Bremen as well as at Watertown Mennonite Church, she, actively, participated in other church ministries.  She sang in the choir at Emmaus Bible Fellowship.  Moreover, she became a Cub Scout Den leader in Watertown while her son was young.

She is survived by Donald, her husband of over sixty-two years; three children and their spouses, Pamela Jane Combs Lyndaker, and her husband, Pastor Bruce Lyndaker, of Castorland, Pastor Jeffrey Philip Combs, and his wife, Pastor Joyce Yoder Combs, of Watertown, and Patricia Ann Combs Esford, and her husband, Craig Esford, of Cape Vincent; a sister, Pauline Ann Lyndaker, of West Martinsburg; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Kermit Carl Lehman, of Sarasota, Florida, Richard Aubrey Hills, and Nancy Butler Hills, of Plattsburgh; a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly Ann Hills Kiernan, and Robert Kiernan, of Copenhagen; three sisters-in-law, Betty Moser Lehman, Imelda Widrick Hills, and Irene Repak Lehman, all of Lowville; thirteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is predeceased by her parents; her step-mother, Helen Dobson Hills Lehman; four brothers: Meredith Dale Lehman, who died as an infant, Beryl Andrew Lehman, Ronald Clifford Hills, and Donald Ezra Lehman; two sisters, Betty LaJune Lehman and Charlotte Mae Clifton; a sister-in-law, Ann Lehman and two brothers-in-law, Richard Lyndaker and Carl Clifton.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, with her son-in-law, Pastor Bruce Lyndaker, and Pastor Paul Cornell, of the Emmaus Bible Fellowship Church, Lowville, officiating.  Burial will follow in First Mennonite Church Cemetery.  Calling hours are from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at the church.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, Rainbow Community, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, New York 13367.

Roselba's family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Rainbow Community for their loving care of our wife and mother during her last days.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2018.

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