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Elizabeth Gamble Roe, 85, wife of Thomas Beach Roe III, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut. Elizabeth was born in New York, New York, on February 9, 1927, the daughter of Jefferson S. Gamble and Marian L. Gamble.

Elizabeth graduated from Northfield Mount Herman School and later from Syracuse University, where she was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Following graduation she was employed as an advertising account executive at Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker magazines in New York City. Elizabeth married the late Dr. John Gamble Atkinson on November 7, 1953, in Farmington, Connecticut, and they lived in New York City until 1958, when they returned to Dr. Atkinson’s hometown, Watertown, New York.

While raising their four children, Elizabeth served as an auxiliary member of The House of the Good Samaritan hospital as well as a board member of the Henry Keep Home and the Flower Memorial Library. Elizabeth’s passion for creativity was expressed through arts and crafts. She was an accomplished tole painter with gold leaf, and enjoyed needlepoint, decoupage, cooking and sewing. Elizabeth was widowed in 1975.

Elizabeth married Thomas B. Roe III on February 5, 1977, in Watertown, New York. They lived in Watertown and summered on Prince Regent Island in the St. Lawrence River. In 1988 the Roes moved to Clayton, New York, and lived on the St. Lawrence River year round. While living in Clayton, Elizabeth served as a board member of the Thousand Island Craft School, and their home was a wonderful rendezvous for family and friends. They also enjoyed traveling and visiting friends around the world.

The Roes retired to Connecticut in 2000 and later moved to the Seabury Retirement Community. Elizabeth is survived by her husband Thomas; by her brother William L. Gamble; by her four children, Gay A. Gray, and her husband Sam, Todd G. Atkinson, and his wife Suzanne, Leslie G. Atkinson, and S. Graham Atkinson, and his wife Amy; by two step children, Thomas B. Roe IV, and his wife Jody, and Sarah R. Paddock, and her husband Gary; and by sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family is planning a memorial service to be held during the summer in Clayton, New York, and a memorial service will be held at Seabury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the ALS Association (Fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease), 1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 2005, or online

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