July 28, 1924-May 28, 2014
A great lady, mother, grandmother and dear friend, Georgette La Roque Robertson entered her heavenly home at age 89. She was born in San Angelo, Tex., to Annis and Forest Shakelford. After her father’s early death, her mother married a wonderful man, Robert La Roque, who adopted Georgette. Growing up in Los Angeles in a Dutch neighborhood with clapboard houses and neat hedges provided many lasting memories. She walked to Samuel Gompers Elementary and on Sundays to a little Baptist church. Later she attended Gardena High. During the war, she worked for the Navy in San Pedro. Meeting Robert Robertson at a dance led to a short courtship and long marriage. Georgette enjoyed a remarkably happy and adventurous marriage to Bob until his death in 2009.
For 10 years, they raised their young family in the then just developing Antelope Valley. There, Robertson attended Antelope Valley College. While caring for a country home and animals, the couple became charter members and active congregants of three Christian churches. The small colonial pueblo of Alamos, in Sonora, Mexico was a second home for their family until they moved to Laguna Beach in 1964 after their oldest child Robert David died.
In Laguna, Robertson helped run the family antique shop, Robertson’s Antiques, with her husband and three daughters. The North Laguna shop is now owned by daughter, Kathleen, and called Melange Antiques. Robertson and her family spent many a summer day at nearby Crescent Bay beach. They also looked forward to trips to Minnesota to visit their daughter, Tina, a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. Bob and Georgette enjoyed traveling around the world and long stays in Kona, Hawaii, where their daughter Carolyn and grandchildren lived. They were both active in the local Congregational Church and the Laguna Presbyterian Church.
Robertson loved Laguna where she resided until a fall sent her to the hospital. Her interests included organic gardening, orchid propagation, sewing, knitting, gourmet cooking, crossword puzzles, great literature, politics, beaded jewelry making, genealogy, and interior design. Her friends will remember her fondly as an outstanding hostess who loved to make everyone feel special, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved telling stories in her Mexican kitchen and holding court in her Chinese garden. We will all miss this loving spirit so devoted to her family. A radiant light, she brought joy to all who knew her.
Survived by her daughters, Carolyn Annis Robertson, Christine Ellen Johnson, Kathleen Robertson; her grandchildren, Alicia Camille Parker, Robert James Herman, and Starla Christine Bork; her great grandchildren, Scout Thomas Parker, Reagan Moon Parker, and Ashton James Herman; her dearest friend, Danielle Allard; and cat, Othello. There will be a small private memorial service.