Our beloved Jaciel Robbins passed away peacefully in Mary Esther, Fla., on March 16, 2014. Jaciel was born in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 1946, to Darwin and Dorothe Longman. She moved to Niceville in 1961 and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1964. She later obtained both a bachelor's and master's of Science degrees in Business Management from Troy State University. She went on to work for Okaloosa Walton Community College, Troy State University, and Federal Civil Service as a most respected senior contracting officer at Eglin Air Force Base, from which she retired after 26 years in January 2009. After retirement, she went on to volunteer at Crisis Line and to mentor many children.
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On May 23, 1992, Jaciel joined Frank Robbins in a wonderful marriage. They have resided in Mary Esther, Fla., since their marriage. Jaciel and Frank have traveled the world fulfilling many dreams together.
Jaciel is preceded in her death by her parents, her mother, Dorothe, and her father, Darwin Longman. She is survived by her loving husband, Frank Robbins; her son, Raymond Johnson, and wife, Connie; son, Jeffrey Johnson; and son, James Robbins; her brothers, Stephen and Phillip; her grandsons, Tyler, Keaton and Brant; and numerous nieces and nephews. With three sons and three grandsons, Jaciel needed to have more female presence in the family and adopted "Sophie," her precious Shi-tzu as a loving companion for the last four years.
What will be remembered most about Jaciel is how she touched the lives of so many people in her family, in her career, and in her far-reaching friendships. She loved everyone and everyone loved Jaciel. She had a wonderful pride in our community and was honored to be selected as the 50th Queen of Billy Bowlegs at which she excelled as a friend to all and a marvelous ambassador of the Fort Walton Beach area to other parts of the country.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 5 until 7 p.m., at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, Fla., with the Rev. Jonathan Hart and the Rev. Sean Peters officiating. Following the service, Jaciel will be buried at Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
Jaciel fought courageously against an aggressive form of leukemia for the last eight months. She inspired family, friends, nurses, doctors, and everyone to which she came in contact with her perseverance. During her fight, she was more concerned about other people than herself. She will be remembered and loved by all.
For those that want to express love and sympathy, Jaciel would be honored that in lieu of flowers, you might contribute some of your time or other resources to the church, charity or community of your choosing.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road, Northeast
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014