Laura Charleen "Charlie" Webber Robarge, 86, of Kent, died April 13.

She was born Feb. 16, 1927, in Mobile, Ala., to Charles Fewell Webber and Mary Alice Webber, grew up in Biloxi, Miss., and moved at an early age to New Orleans, where she graduated from McMain High School.

She was known as a generous, gentle lady who had great compassion for all.

In 1955, she moved from New Orleans to New York City to study interior design at Parsons School of Design. While in New York, she met Mimi Bailey, who subsequently married the artist Eric Sloane, and she introduced Robarge to Dr. Morton H. Robarge, whom she married. The couple settled in Kent.

She worked with her husband in the dental office for many years. She later worked as the manager of the Fife 'n Drum Giftshop, was a member of the Board of Education in Kent and a volunteer at the Quality Thrift Shop in Kent.

Her passions included New Orleans Dixieland jazz music, animals and people.

She is survived by a daughter, Morette Robarge Orth, and her husband, Brian H. Orth; a granddaughter, Ariel Ashleigh Orth; cousins, William C. Robarge, of Malone, N.Y., Francelia Barzilla, Janice Kretschmar and Barbara Tanz, all of Houston, and all their children; and lifelong friends Louise and Patrick Murphy, and their family, of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and many jazz enthusiasts. She was predeceased by her husband.

A celebration memorial service will take place May 18 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Fife 'n Drum Restaurant in Kent. The musical group Jive by Five Plus will perform.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kent Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 355, Kent CT 06757.

Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon was in charge of arrangements.