Margaret Straughan Robinson
Margaret Straughan Robinson (Mom, Mama, Mother, Grandma Margaret, Peg, Mister Mother)
Margaret passed away December 19, 2013, surrounded by family and friends in her home. She loved Christmas and would have wanted everyone to celebrate with their families, hence the delay in arrangements. Always thinking of others, she donated her body to LSU Department of Anatomy for research.
Margaret was born February 9, 1921 to James McEnery Straughan and Emily Dale Straughan. She was a granddaughter of the Confederacy. She lived through the Great Depression, in Beaumont, TX and later back in Colfax, LA. This fact forever influenced her frugality in grocery shopping and ability to create something out of nothing. She studied Home Economics and Business for three years at Louisiana Normal (now NSU) before joining the Army where she served as a Second Lieutenant during WWII. While in the Army she sold War Bonds as 1 of 20 elite members of the WACS and at one time managed three mess kitchens simultaneously. She held an Advanced Pilot's rating in the Shreveport Power Squadron and spent numerous days and nights with the ensign flying up-side-down.
She is predeceased by her husband, Dr. E. B. Robinson, Jr., her parents, her sister, Jimmie Straughan Dean of Colfax, LA, her brother, Franklin Dale Straughan of Tioga, LA as well as by her beloved granddaughter, Emilie Gabrielle North.
She is survived by her four children, Sarah Margaret "Sig" North and husband David K. North, Jr., her sons Earl Bruce Robinson and Frank Manning Robinson all of Haughton, LA, and daughter Suzanne Robinson Brooks and husband, Tony E. Brooks of Bossier City, LA.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her two grandchildren, Raegan Alexis North St. John and fiancé, Stephen Comeaux and Jon-Bayan North and wife, Allison, all of Haughton. Additional survivors include two step-grandchildren, Holly Brooks and Daniel Brooks. Also, she leaves behind twelve beloved great-grandchildren, Baylee Gabrielle and Ryker Morrison St. John, Bayan Alexander and Emilie Reese North, Cainen Duos, LeBrea, Chloe and Kalista Brooks, Hayden and Kenzie Renee Comeaux, and Justin and Katie Elizabeth St. John. She considered every child she ever touched part of her family.
Her friends and surrogate children are too numerous to list, but several people cannot be overlooked for their constant, continuing devotion: Lorraine Dunlop, James Morgan Smith, Kiki Strickland, Dr. Eric and Patricia Le Blanc, Jimmy and Julie Prothro, Israel Contrares, "Saint" Mary Autry, Rebecca Suksta, R.N., Brenda Chambers, Sharon West and last, but definitely not least, her God-child, C. Gail Kenney.
Margaret devoted her time to her family, her job, and her Church through the years, serving in many leadership capacities at St. Jude. She was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters #1761. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the St. Jude Building Fund or Youth group, Special Olympics, or the favorite charity of the donor.
A celebration of the life of this extraordinary woman will be held January 3, 2014 at St. Jude Catholic Church on Viking Drive in Bossier City. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with service following at 10:30. Further fellowship will continue at the Knights of Columbus Hall on East Texas Street in Bossier City immediately afterward.
Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 25, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014