Ms. Evelyn Jean Robinson went home to be with the Lord May 8, 2023, with her daughters and angels by her side in the home she loved. She has the victory. She is free. The matriarch of 5 generations, she leaves behind but remains a part of five surviving daughters: Linda (Milton), Kathy (Rev. Eugene), Janice, Wanda (Harvey), and Margie; 21 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren. She was proud of and marveled in each of their personal growth, achievements, and successes maintaining an extensive photography collection and mementos that they sent to her. Beloved daughter Trayce Robinson predeceased her in 2008.
Evelyn Jean was born in a turbulent time in rural Alabama where Louisiana (William) Burks raised her the 12th of 14 children; Ms. Anne Edmonds and Ms. Ellove Johnson are remaining survivors. She accepted Christ at an early age at Hills Chapel CPCA. During childhood, Evelyn established a lifelong bond with Doris (Curry/”Nana”) who preceded her in birth order and predeceased her in 2019. She was nurtured by Grandma Mollie who made her feel special and who's late 1880’s style black leather ankle boots she kept prominently displayed in her home. She attended Morgan County Public Schools, worked on the family farm, and stayed active in the annual Burks family reunion until the pandemic.
In the late 1950’s, despite not liking cold weather, she and her children moved to Akron, OH joining sister-mother Ms. Susie Jones who was her guardian angel. Susie predeceased her in 1987. Doris also relocated to Akron and the 3 with their children made a home together. Ms. Evelyn was a strict disciplinarian who did her best based on what she was taught, what she knew, and what she had. She promoted the values of education, independence, and personal responsibility to her children and family. She obtained a GED and upholstery certificate.
She married Thomas D. Robinson in 1969 settling into her home of over 5 decades working where she found work and retiring in 2022 after 33 years’ employment at CHS (Community Habilitation Services). Her husband Dave and stepchildren Randy and Renee predeceased her in 1988, 2018, and 2021 respectively.
Granny loved gardening, decorating and caring for her home, recycling before it was socially popular, watching & feeding birds as well as stray neighborhood animals. She was complex, strong, observant, funny, witty, outspoken, blunt, creative, generous, and trusting.
Her final years were challenging. She was beset by debilitating sickness as her health declined. She lost her independence eventually requiring 24-hour in-home support and care. Daughters (Janice, Margie, and Wanda), granddaughters (Sade, Sherrell, Tanya, and Tonya), and great granddaughters (Amilian and Dashaynae) became primary and respite caregivers to ensure that Granny’s wish to remain at home was honored.
Granny will be missed, and her memory cherished by all who loved and cared for her including special niece Ms. JoElla Davis, extended family members, and friends.
Sincerest appreciation and gratitude are extended to ancillary caregivers, RN Mira, RN Dina and Monika (the guitar lady) of Promedica Hospice.
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