A celebration of Elaine Robinson’s life will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the DuPont Community Presbyterian Church starting at 2 p.m. Elaine passed away on October 22, 2012 after a five-year battle with cancer.
Born in San Diego, California on November 17, 1936 to Bill (William) and Ruth Whitham, Elaine was a dedicated daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. On September 8, 1956, Elaine married Richard A. (Robby) Robinson Jr. Their love for each other was everlasting. Her strong will and determination carried her through Robby’s multiple tours in Vietnam, and the ups and downs of raising children.
Elaine was a talented seamstress and loved to travel, read, play cards and work on needlepoint. She was also a dedicated volunteer for the DuPont Historical Society and a member of the DuPont Presbyterian Community Church. From teas to picnics, pancake breakfasts and parades, Elaine was involved with it all. She was a huge supporter of the USO and a diehard patriot.
When Elaine was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, she was determined to beat the disease. Her daughter recalls the doctor was trying to share the sad details of the disease with Elaine, and her mother responded to the doctor, “Go ahead and share what you want with my daughter. I’ve decided to be in denial.”
Daughter Sharon Losey said her mom never knew that she was supposed to die before the end of 2007.
“Every re-occurrence was met with the same resolute decision and until the end, Mom remained in denial. She was a strong, independent and amazing person,” shared Losey.
As word of her death spread, many tributes and fond memories of a lady who brought much joy to the community she lived in began to emerge.
“I had the pleasure of getting to know Elaine through the Historical Society and at church when we both served on Session at the Presbyterian Church. Her husband Robby was retired from the military and Elaine was very proud of him and proud that she was a military wife. I loved visiting her and seeing all the artwork and mementos from their various tours of duty that she had displayed throughout her home,” shared DuPont resident Lee McDonald.
“After Robby died Elaine became a patron of the Historical Society and she was a faithful volunteer at our Fundraisers and events. She had a great sense of humor and an easy laugh. Her warmth, humor and friendship will be so missed,” said McDonald.
“Elaine was a very generous and kind person,” said DuPont resident Melinda Williams, who was Elaine’s hairdresser. “We giggled a lot during our visits. It was a pleasure knowing her.”
“I used to make her marionberry pies,” shared neighbor Carol Dresser. “I had heard from a friend she could be very particular about what food she ate, but she seemed to love my marionberry pies.”
Elaine was a spark of light that brightened up the day. Her laugh was contagious as was her ‘can do’ attitude. She was Grand Marshall in the 2012 DuPont July Fourth Parade, just as her husband Robbie was so many years ago. While we all miss her dearly, we can smile that Robbie and Elaine are together again, having their own parade.
Elaine’s Celebration of Life ceremony will take place on what would have been her 76 birthday. Family and friends say it will be a party unlike no other.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Losey, Richard Robinson III, and Rene Rivera, and sisters Dianne Miller and Martha Whitham.