We lost our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to a lengthy battle with renal failure. Roberta “Bobbie” Carabin Havens Profitt passed away in Libby, MT, on April 25, 2020.
Bobbie was born on October 24, 1939, in Butte, MT, to Tom and Ann Carabin. She and her brothers, Jim and Jack, were raised in Walkerville and Melrose until they moved to Libby in 1950. Her father was then employed by St. Regis and her mother worked for Adkins Grocery and later for Libby Rexall Drug.
Bobbie attended Old Central School, Libby Junior High, and Libby High School, graduating in 1957 as the class valedictorian. She continued her education at Northern Montana College in Havre, MT, earning a degree in elementary education.
While in college, she met Gene Havens and they were married in July of 1960 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Libby. They were divorced in 1979. Bobbie married Larry Profitt in October of 1986, and they were married until his passing in March of 1998.
Second graders were lucky to have Miss Carabin as their teacher in Kalispell, where she began her educational career in the fall of 1959. Soon after, the second graders of Missoula would have the same good fortune. Returning to Libby with her family, Bobbie worked at the Libby Rexall Drug for eight years. Then, in 1979, she began a twenty-five year journey of sharing her love of books as the McGrade School librarian.
Bobbie was positively involved in all of her children’s activities and academics during their school careers. She was also a Libby Jayceen, providing service projects to the local community. She filled her free time with family camping, reading, bridge, travel, and attending Broadway productions. A good-natured competitor and savvy card player, Bobbie was always ready and willing to play a game, even new ones. As a lifelong Catholic, Bobbie prayed the rosary daily, in addition to faithful attendance to Mass. Truly, the wealth of warmth came when she would gather with family and friends. In her later years, Bobbie enjoyed both relaxing weekends and festive parties at the Miller’s cabin on Upper Thompson Lake. She delighted in her wonderful relationship with her grandson, Shay Miller.
Preceding Bobbie in death were her parents, Tom and Ann Carabin; her husband, Larry Profitt; her grandmother, Afra Carabin; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Nathaniel Miller.
Bobbie’s survivors include children Mary Ann (Kevin) Miller of Libby, Tom (Glenda) Havens of Kalispell, and Matt (Sally) Havens of Trout Creek; grandchildren Shay Miller of Eugene, Oregon, Zach Havens of Kalispell, Courtney (Adam) Anderson of Libby, Allen (Kelsie) Havens of England, Darin Havens of Trout Creek, and Kaitlyn Havens of Trout Creek; brothers Jack Carabin of Columbia Falls and Jim Carabin of Bull River; seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many special friends.
A rosary and funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libby, MT, after the pandemic restrictions have been lifted. There will be an announcement in local newspapers. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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