OXFORD – Mary Sue Robinson, 84, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Magnolia Manor in Tupelo. Born in a Methodist parsonage in Coffeeville to the late Rev. W.L. and Lucille Hathorn Robinson, she was a United Methodist missionary and a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, a master of arts in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University
and a master of arts in English from the University of Mississippi. She began her missionary life as a trainee at Hartford Seminary Foundation in 1951 and in the fall of 1951 she went to Algeria, where she spent 27 years. After returning to the states in '82, she taught at the University of Mississippi. In 1986, she returned to work as a World Division staff member as an interim coordinator for the Africa/Europe/Middle East Office. In 1987, she began serving as the Area Executive Secretary in the Africa/Europe/Middle East Office. Her ministry to Muslims continued as she remained active in Christian-Muslim relations and Middle East issues in North America.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. A graveside service will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sister, Lucy Robinson of Oxford; two brothers, Larrie Robinson of Huntsville, Ala., and William Robinson of Tupelo; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to The Pantry, P.O. Box 588, Oxford, MS 38655 or a
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