Alta Nobles, age 86, of Waynesboro, Va., passed away Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2013, at The Mayflower in Lexington, Va.
She was born July 29, 1927, in Villenova, N.Y., daughter of the late Harry and Nellie Austin Nobles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Ryder, and a brother, Marc Nobles.
Ms. Nobles survived the polio epidemic of 1943-45. She moved from New York to Waynesboro in 1948 where she raised her family. As executive director of the East Augusta Mental Health Association, Ms. Nobles organized and operated the Stocking Stuffer Shop to benefit local charities. She also instituted the Student Organization on Developing Attitudes, known as SODA, in area schools. During her working career, she obtained her bachelor's degree from Mary Baldwin College and her master's from the University of Virginia. She retired from the Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center. Ms. Nobles was known as a dedicated social services professional during the 1970s and 1980s. In her retirement, she enjoyed scrabble, quilting, and time with her friends and family.
Survivors include her children: Linda Barker and husband Dick of Encampment, Wyo.; Donald Curtis, wife Janie and their children Jed and Wes; and Tom Curtis and wife Cathy and their daughter, Norah, all of Waynesboro as well as her brothers, Austin, Norris, Jack and Higley No-bles.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contri-butions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice.
Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences online at www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.