Sunrise: July 15, 1919 – Sunset: January 9, 2013
On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Annie Trevesta Penn Robinson slipped quietly away at Welcome Nursing in Oberlin. She was the middle daughter of the seven girls, born to the union of Samuel A. and Mamie (Diggs) Penn, born in Virginia, but moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. Following her junior year of college, she traveled to Ohio for a summer job. In Ohio, she met, fell in love, and married Grady Jack Robinson of Oberlin.
In 1948, she returned to North Carolina to complete her degree in French, and English, graduating from Bennett College with her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was a teacher at the First Congregational Church, Nursery School in Elyria, and later served as the director. She began teaching kindergarten in Lorain City Schools in the fall of 1968, and attended Bowling Green University to complete the requirements necessary to change her certification to K-8. She was employed in Lorain City Schools until her retirement in 1984.
While living in Oberlin, she was an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Church Women United. When she moved to Lorain, she became a member of Wesley United Methodist, where she served as worship committee chair, communion stewardess and chair of the pastor parish relations committee.
She was a 35 year member of Chapter No. 35, Order of the Eastern Star, Oberlin. Her other Masonic affiliations include: Cuyahoga Court Heroines of Jericho, Cleveland, (in 2008 she demitted to Floyd C. Churchwell Ct. #8 of Elyria); Bezaleel Assembly #19 Order of the Golden Circle, Cleveland; and a charter member of Al Lalim Court #205 Daughters of Isis, Elyria. While employed by the Lorain City Schools, she was a member of the Lorain Education Association, Ohio Education Association, and the National Education Association.
Her daughters, Idajeanne Brown of Lorain, and Barbara Nicholson of Columbus, will sorely miss her; sons, William Robinson of Washington DC, and Grady Jack Jr. of Lorain; grandchildren, Richard (Carrie) Brown, William Grady Brown, Anne Elizabeth Robinson, Reginald (Camille) Robinson, Cynthia (Jonathan) Robinson-Rivers, Mary (TiRay) Robinson-Wallace, Victor Robinson, and Julia M. Robinson; step grandchildren, Michael Brown and Lynn Renee (William) Brown-Harris; honorary grandchildren, Gina Penn-Murray and Treva Penn-Shaw. She was blessed with great grandchildren and one great great grand. She will also be missed by dear friend, Dorothy (Stahl) Baker; sisters-in-law, Thelma Robinson, Delores (Russell) Penn, and Beulah (Howard Robinson) Williams; and loved by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren, Gregory and Gina (Denzil) Baker.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, in 1948; her beloved husband, in 1968; her parents, Samuel and Mamie Penn; six sisters; and seven brothers.
Visitation will be Friday, January 18, 2013, from 5 to 7 P.M., at Mt. Zion, Oberlin, with an Eastern Star Service at 6 P.M. Services will be Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10 A.M., at Mt. Zion, presided by the Reverend Russell V. Penn. Burial will be in Oberlin Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to The Grady J. & Trevesta Robinson Scholarship Fund, Oberlin College, Bosworth Hall 50 West Lorain Street Oberlin OH 44074.