Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 14, 2013

Carolyn Gene Robinson


HASTINGS — Carolyn Gene (Shellington) Robinson, age 86, of Hastings, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at her home. She was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Danby Township, Ionia County, the daughter of Emmett E. and Mary Caroline (Bouck) Shellington.

Carolyn attended Ryan Elementary School and Hastings High School, graduating in 1944. She went on to attend college at Marion College, Indiana, Barry County Normal and Western Michigan University.

Carolyn was an elementary school teacher. In high school Carolyn worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Hastings.

She married Grant Robinson on June 14, 1947. Carolyn and Grant celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past June.

Carolyn was a manager, with husband Grant, of the Barry County Farm, now called Thornapple Manor. She also taught school at various Barry County rural schools, which included Wood School, Checkered School, Hendershott School and Fuller Street School in Nashville.

Carolyn made the decision to stay at home to raise her children and help manage their 200-acre dairy farm.

She was a member of the Hastings Wesleyan Church, joining in 1947. Carolyn served as a Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and youth leader. She was president of the Women's Missionary Society. Carolyn volunteered at Charlton Park in the late '70s.

She enjoyed collecting and reselling antiques and collectables that she found at auctions, reading, traveling with husband Grant in their trailer, canning and quilting. Carolyn's greatest joy were her grandchildren, especially during the holidays.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Grant on Oct. 29, 2012; parents, Emmett and Mary Shellington; in-laws, Earl and Esther Robinson; brothers, Howard, William, Robert (Pat) Shellington and Wallace Shellington; and sisters, Ruth (Willard) Kidder and Dorothy (Jerry) Barker.

Carolyn is survived by her children, Lynden and Patty Robinson, Gordon and Merry Robinson, Ron and Patti Robinson, and Lois and Randy Frantz; grandchildren, Sadie, Cale, Kelley and Julia Robinson, Casey (Mitch) Edmondson, Sarah and Nicole Frantz, Nick and Christopher Kreiser, Alison (Mike) Stephens and Nacole (Nicholas) Gross; great-grandsons, Noah and Logan; sisters, Frances Shellington and Kathleen (Smith) Sherman; brother-in-law, Wayne Robinson; sister-in-law, Verna Shellington; many nieces and nephews; dear friend, Midge Kidder; and loving caregivers for both Carolyn and Grant, Sarah, Darlene, Elizabeth, Debi and Becky.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the Girrbach Funeral Home. The Reverend Mary Soderholm will officiating. Interment will be in Freeport Cemetery, Freeport.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice, 450 Meadow Run Dr., Hastings, MI 49058; or Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058.

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Arrangements are by Girrbach Funeral Home.