Elizabeth Robison(1917 - 2013)

Elizabeth Robison


Elizabeth Virginia Baker Robison, 95, of Grinnell, died on Friday, February 15, 2013, at Windsor Manor in Grinnell.

A memorial gathering will be scheduled in early spring.

Memorials may be directed to Grinnell Regional Medical Center and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 38, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Elizabeth was born on April 25, 1917, to Randolph and Elizabeth Garrett Baker. She was the youngest and last survivor of six siblings and was raised by her parents and extended family near Sallisaw, Oklahoma. After graduating from Sallisaw High School on her sixteenth birthday, she completed one year of college before working as a secretary in a fly fishing lure factory, a legal secretary, a court recorder, and in Detroit, a timekeeper.

In 1947, she was married to Albert Paul Robison. He built a house in Garden City, Michigan, where they raised two children and lived for 50 years. Many of the summer weeks were spent at their cabin on the shore of Neebish Island in the St. Mary River that connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron. At the age of 40, Elizabeth began her second year of college culminating in a BA degree at Wayne State University and an MA at the University of Michigan. She worked as a speech therapist in the Garden City school system until she retired at age 70. At age 78, she and her husband moved to Grinnell to be close to family. She spent the last seven years at Windsor Manor.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Paulson of Grinnell; and two grandsons, Sean and Mark Paulson.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Paul B. Paulson.

Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 21, 2013