Aileen “Bobbie” Robison passed from this life on Friday, May 16, 2014, at her home in rural Greenwood.
Bobbie was the wife of Robert “Bob” L. Robison and mother to the late Charles Robison, Lee Robison (Shari) of Sarasota, Florida, Steve Robison (Brenda) of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, David Robison (Sally) of Winona Lake, Jim Robison (Cheryl) of Greenwood and Don Robison (Julie) of Greenwood. She also had 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with one more to be born this summer.
Bobbie was born Sept. 10, 1930, in Manhattan, New York, as the youngest of three daughters born to Charles “Chuck” and Kathleen Campbell. She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eleanor.
Bob and Bobbie were married for nearly 66 years after meeting in California when Bob was in the Marine Corps, and stationed at Camp Pendleton, after returning from China in World War II. After their marriage on July 4, 1948, in Lakewood Village, California, they moved to rural New Washington and eventually settled near Greenwood. Bob was a research scientist at Eli Lilly for 40 years and a farmer.
Bobbie helped on the farm, but her most valuable contribution was being a wonderful wife and a loving influence in raising their sons. She and Bob continued to hold hands and to kiss each other daily. Bobbie was a deeply devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, often being their biggest cheerleader. She also was very active in the nursery department at Greenwood Christian Church, helping with the children and often baby sitting the children of others. Her five sons are all active in their churches and love the Lord.
Bobbie loved animals, especially cats and dogs. She often would “talk” to the farm animals, too, rubbing them behind the ears.
Though Bobbie was raised with the disadvantages of not being able to hear well and having poor vision as a child, she didn’t give up; she learned to compensate by reading lips; often still doing that even after receiving hearing aids.
She loved music and had great rhythm. She enjoyed singing and dancing. Her father was a professional trombonist, having played in bands with Red Nichols, Tommy Dorsey and others. He also recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles, including some Disney soundtracks in his studio portfolio.
Bobbie became an avid reader, having read thousands of books, often reading Christian and historical books, as well as books by Eugenia Price.
Bobbie was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was dedicated to God, her family and to her friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Greenwood Christian Church, 2045 Averitt Road, Greenwood. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135 and Olive Branch Road. Aileen will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com