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Robbins, Virginia Hoopes
Virginia Hoopes Robbins passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, August 6, 2015, three weeks shy of her 95th birthday. Virginia was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 27, 1920, was christened in what some say is the oldest church in the United States ("Old Swedes Church"), but grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois. She graduated from York High School in Elmhurst and kept in contact with high school friends for more than 75 years. After graduating from high school, she went to business school and worked for her father for six years, but soon after World War II followed her passion into nursing. She received her training at what was then called St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago and formed warm friendships that lasted her lifetime. In 1950, she married her childhood next door neighbor, E. Gordon Robbins, and together they raised four children. Sadly, Gordon passed away far too young on February 25, 1974. Virginia never sought anyone to replace Gordon, but delighted in her family, her many friends, travel around the world, nursing, playing cards (especially bridge), and every dog and cat that ever crossed her path. In fact, she loved animals of every kind and would never hurt a fly. She was loved by all and cared deeply about everyone she met; she was truly one of the Greatest Generation. She is survived by her beloved brothers, Henry and Ron (wife, Lori), and the four children who were her pride and joy: Christopher (wife, Susan Sawyer), Jeff (wife, Carol), Peter (wife, Nancy Messuri), and Joan Cooper (boyfriend, Joe Banzer), as well as her nine grandchildren (Ben, Kaitlynd, Hayley, Matthew, Jordan (boyfriend, Roupi Gilbert), Leigh, Andria (husband, Ryan McCarty), Jeremy, and Katie (boyfriend, Dustin Campos)), and her many extended family members and friends whom she loved dearly. Virginia lived independently until her last days, always following her simple philosophy of life: "Don't let little things bother you, roll with the punches, and try to get along with everybody." We all loved her for that and will miss her more than words can express. For more information, and to leave memories and condolences, please visit www.ShadowMountainMortuary.com. Virginia asked that donations be made to the Arizona Humane Society in lieu of flowers. We will Celebrate Virginia's Life on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Paradise Village Senior Living clubhouse, 11645 N. 25th Pl., Phoenix, AZ 85028.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 23, 2015
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