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Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Robinson, 86, of Colonial Beach, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
Betty was born in Washington, DC, on Oct. 30, 1926. She attended Holy Trinity High School in Washington.
She was married to George H. Robinson Jr. on May 17, 1947. They were married 45 years, until his death in 1992.
Betty had an incredible and colorful work history, which included working in the mailroom at the Pentagon, selling War Bonds and dancing with the soldiers on her visits to the USO. She also worked as a nursing assistant at Tidewater Memorial Hospital, where she brought her unique mix of humor and compassion to the patients for whom she cared.
Betty enjoyed volunteering as a substitute teacher at Colonial Beach High School, and often accompanied the French class on trips to Canada. One of Betty’s rewarding vocations was providing home health care to friends and family.
She enjoyed arts and crafts such as painting, ceramics, sewing and word puzzles. She was fond of writing poetry and was a poetry contest winner. Some of her poems have been published.
Betty was active with her Catholic church activities, including the annual bazaar. She was a member of the Moose and Elk organizations. As a 5-year breast cancer survivor, Betty was an avid supporter of breast cancer awareness.
She was well known for her lively sense of humor and sharp wit. She had the God-given ability to captivate and draw people in with her humor and an encounter with Betty often brought a smile to the faces of those around her.
Her love of cooking was infectious and she loved to teach and share her secret recipes and her self-taught techniques, including her famous fruitcake and bread pudding. As a mother, she was tops! She loved her children with all her heart and never stopped nurturing (the old-fashioned way), praying and caring for her children. She made it clear that her children were her avocation and were second only to her love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of utmost importance to her, was instilling godly values in her children at an early age and teaching them to love and respect the Lord.
Betty was also a devoted grandmother, sister and aunt and was the matriarch of the family. Even with 46 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she never forgot one of her “doll-baby’s” birthdays and never failed to have the candy jar filled.
Betty is survived by her sisters Bonni (Dave) McCauley and Edna (Jim) Cross, both of Leesburg; brother Charles (Paula) Graninger of Leesburg; sons Michael (Linda) of Fairborn, OH, Stephen (Elaine) of Fredericksburg, Patrick of San Diego, CA, Brian (Susan) of Garrison, IA, and George III (Donna) of San Diego; daughters Colleen (John) Wilson of Colonial Beach and Marguerite (Jack) Ferreira of Aberdeen, MD; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by husband George H. Robinson Jr.; daughter Cecilia DeGraef; and grandson Nathan Keister.
A wake will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 131-3rd Street, Colonial Beach, VA. A service will be held immediately following at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Colonial Beach, with Father Bork of Alexandria officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church cemetery, King George.
A celebration of life will be held immediately following the burial at 400 Meadow Ave., in Colonial Beach.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.nashandslawfh.com