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Rose Mary ROBINSON


News Death Notice

ROBINSON, Rose Mary age 72, born in Dayton, Ohio January 1, 1941 to the late Justice Sr. and Ercy Long, passed away July 24, 2013. At an early age her parents realized that Rose was musically gifted and immediately enrolled her in music lessons, and by the age of 10, she played gospel music at several local churches eventually playing in the Dunbar High School band. Rose was widely known in the Dayton area as a musical protégé for her multi-instrument versatility, enthusiasm and playing style. Rose's musical interest and talent also had a profound impact on her siblings; effectively forcing her oldest sister, Mildred "Milly" to take up the trumpet, her baby sister, Margaretta "Kat" to take up the clarinet and her oldest brother, Justice Jr. "June" to take up the piano. Only her baby brother, Thomas "Tommy" escaped the musical whirlpool that Rose created as the eldest "Long" child. As a young lady, Rose met and began to date a young man who lived just down the block from their West 5th Street home. On December 26, 1960, Rose Mary Long and Paul L. Robinson were married weeks before she went off to college on a musical scholarship, as he shipped out for basic training, after joining the military. Their 20+ year union produced a baby girl, Vanice Rose and a baby boy, Paul Jr. One of Rose's greatest blessings occurred in Alexandria, Virginia while playing and directing the "Zion Baptist Church ~ Choral Ensemble". Rose moved back to Dayton in 1999 after retiring from a distinguished career as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Police Officer, where she achieved the honor of becoming the first female Lieutenant within the FAA Airport Police Department. Rose Mary Robinson will be loved and missed by her family, lifelong friend and college roommate, Claudette Benjamin, her cut buddy great cousin, Aalora "Kitty", many choir members, students, admirers and co-workers. Memorial service will be held 11 am Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 1900 W. Third Street. Rev. Junior Greenlee officiating. Calling hour 10 to 11 am, at which time family will receive friends. Arrangements entrusted to the House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave. Online condolences may be expressed at houseofwheat@woh.rr.com

Funeral Home

House Of Wheat Funeral Home Inc
2107 N Gettysburg Ave Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 274-1693

Published in Dayton Daily News on Aug. 2, 2013
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