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January 19, 2013

Betty Jane (Cole) Robbins

TRAVERSE CITY — Betty Jane (Cole) Robbins, 86, passed away at Munson Medical Center surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 16, 2013. Betty was born March 20, 1926, in Interlochen, the daughter of Frederick Bruce and Altha H. (Davis) Cole.

She graduated from Traverse City High School in 1944 and married Jim Robbins on June 13, 1953; he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2009.

Betty was a member of First Christian Church of Traverse City for over 75 years, serving as a teacher, deacon and financial secretary; she also worked in the nursery and on hospitality.

She enjoyed golfing, knitting, crocheting, reading, gardening, canning, making cookies and peanut clusters, working jumble work puzzles and playing cards with her family and friends in Michigan and Arizona.

She retired from Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital on Jan. 3, 1983, after more than 14 years of service working in medical records and the mail room.

Betty is survived by three daughters, Kay (Amos) Eman, Sheryl Sogge and Nancy (Jim) Watson, all of Traverse City; one son, Stan (Nancy) of Newaygo; 10 grandchildren, Rich (Mandy) Sogge, Brian Sogge (Robin Rector), Becky (Jeff) Saxton, Doug (Kelly) Esman, Missy and Andy Robbins, Scott Rokos, Julie McGee, Jeffrey (Natalie) Watson and Keith Watson (Kara Carlyle); and seven great-grandchildren, Brandon and Spencer Sogge, Alex Bluhm, Emily and Olivia Esman, Aiden and Lyla McGee. Also surviving are siblings, Arlene (Bob) VanBrocklin and Cal (Betty) Cole; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Lilly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; son, Raymond Robbins; son-in-law, Larry Sogge; and siblings, Carl (Norma) Cole, Enid (Lee) Ghering, Burdella (Don) Weber, Jack Cole and Violet Cole.

Visitation will be held at the First Christian Church in Traverse City at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 19, 2013, with a worship service celebrating Betty's life of faith at noon.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the church.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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