Alberta Albury, 92, of Tavernier, went home peacefully to the Lord August 27, 2022.
A lifelong resident of the Upper Keys, she was raised and lived her younger years in Key Largo until she married William Ray Albury and then lived in Tavernier for the rest of her life.
Alberta was a homemaker for most of her adult years; she also worked for the Florida Keys Electric Co-op from 1948-1952 and again from 1975-1980. When she went to work in 1948, she was only the second office clerk there in the history of FKEC. Betty Patterson advanced to the new position of assistant to the Manager, H.L. Martin, and Alberta took Betty's former position. Alberta remembered when she was a child in the 1930s, Mr Martin and Mr Warren Bland came to the homes in the Upper Keys to collect the $5.00 deposit from each family to get electricity established in the Upper Keys.
She had fond memories of riding on Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway train as a young child, from Key Largo to Key West and back prior to the 1935 hurricane. She also remembered going through the '35 hurricane with her family in Key Largo; a memory she never forgot.
As a child and teenager, Alberta and her family attended Rock Harbor Methodist Church. After she married, she joined William Ray with the church family at Tavernier Methodist Church, later to become Burton Memorial United Methodist Church. She loved the Lord and with a true servant heart, she served in many positions throughout the years. She was a Sunday School teacher, chairperson of Education, served on worship and finance committees, played piano for Sunday evening services, led the Children's choirs, sang in the adult choir, and led the Sunday School assembly time. She also helped establish and lead the Ladies Bible Study, was Prayer Chain leader, and helped to start up (and cook for!) God's Kitchen weekly meal. God's Kitchen was a perfect fit as Alberta loved to cook and always made sure everyone had plenty to eat.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Albury Ratliff, son Timothy and daughter-in-law (Cristina) Albury, daughter-in-law Elaine Albury, sister-in- law Susan Dixon, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, many nieces & nephews, and so many wonderful friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 1:30 pm at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church (MM 93, Oceanside).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to:
Florida United Methodist Children's Home
51 Children's Way
Enterprise, FL 32725
or donate online: www.fumch.org