Olive Robison (1922 - 2013)

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Olive Robison died on Dec. 3, 2013 at home in Bozeman.
Olive was born June 2, 1922 in New Haven, Conn., to Roland and Ruth (Woodruff) Bainton. Olive grew up exploring her backyard New England woods and – as the oldest in the family – caring for and carrying on with her two brothers and two sisters. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Swarthmore in 1943 and worked for the American Friends Service Committee at recruiting college students to attend work camps in inner cities.
While traveling for that job, she met Roger Robison, serving his first church parish in central Ohio. Roger and Olive were married June 22, 1945. Because Roger was a United Methodist pastor, they moved many times while serving churches in Weston (Ohio), Corvallis, Fort Benton, Billings, Great Falls, Butte, and Missoula (all in Montana), and Sitka and Anchorage (Alaska). After retiring, they lived in the Bitterroot valley until moving to Bozeman in 2008. In every community, she was actively working for peace, justice, and the empowerment of women. She greatly enjoyed the beauty of God's creation, including camping trips, gardening, and the beautiful diversities of people. She lived by example and set standards that put the care of the earth and other creatures above all else, whether she was reusing bath water, making compost, organizing local efforts to fight spotted knapweed, or continually educating herself about global climate change.
She is survived by her husband, Roger of Bozeman; brother, Cedric (Dee) Bainton of San Francisco, Calif.; by all five of her children, Dave (Judy) Robison of Portland, Oreg., Helen (Stuart) White of Portland, Oreg., Jim (Chris) Robison-Cox of Bozeman, Tom (Alice) Robison of Bozeman, and Phil (Grace Hodges) Robison of Helena; also by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Gifts in Olive's honor can be made to either of these Bozeman community organizations: Family Promise, 429 E Story St, Bozeman MT 59715 or Warming Center at HRDC, 32 S Tracy Ave, Bozeman Mt 59715, memo line: Warming Center.
Memorial Ceremony is planned for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 pm at the Bozeman Senior Citizen Center, 807 N. Tracy Ave.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com

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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 8, 2013
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