Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Robinson passed peacefully to walk with God on April 2, 2011 at her daughter’s home in Edgewater, Maryland.
Betty was born March 4, 1924, in Red Bank, N.J., to Helen and Cooper Van Sant. She was married to Bruce F. Robinson in 1946. They moved to Norton Shores, Mich. in 1948, and later to Grand Haven, Mich., where Betty lived until she moved to Maryland in August 2010. Betty was preceded in death by Bruce in 1999.
She had many interests and talents which she generously shared with everyone throughout her life. She was known for her friendliness with neighbors, artistic talents, and love of family, friends, children, animals, nature and music. In 1955 Betty and Bruce became charter members of Lake Harbor United Methodist Church where Betty was continuously involved with many education classes, youth leadership, choir, women’s groups, chaperoning teen groups, counseling summer camps, and doing whatever it took to help Lake Harbor grow. Betty maintained an active membership until her passing. She knew that all people are God’s children and she sought to treat everyone with loving-kindness.
Betty was an avid watercolor painter and participated in artist groups, galleries, shows, and classes throughout her adult life. She especially enjoyed painting Western Michigan landscapes and flowers. She played piano and gave her grandchildren piano lessons, art lessons, and taught them to bike ride. She liked gardening, tennis, and canning fruits and vegetables to give away. For 30 years she used her talents to create homemade Christmas cards for all to enjoy. She donated time and resources to nature conservation groups, took in stray animals, and supported numerous charitable causes.
Betty will be missed tremendously by her family which includes her children Lesley Robinson-Hellstern, (Bruce), Douglas Robinson, (Sherry), grand-daughters Abby Wurm, (Cris), Leanne Hellstern, Laura Robinson, grand-sons Dustin and Karl Hellstern, great-grand-son Gavin Wurm, and brother-in-law Ralph Robinson (Janet) .
A memorial service will be held at Lake Harbor United Methodist Church in Norton Shores on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lake Harbor U.M.C., the Humane Society or an environmental conservation group.