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Sara Alice Robbins, age 88, passed away peacefully in her home on Aug. 16, 2013, in Fort Walton Beach. "Sadie" was born on July 4, 1925, in Opp, Ala., to William Franklin Harrell and Orell Harrell. Sadie grew up on a small farm South of Opp until she was swept off her feet by Albert Robbins from the same community who was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Albert called her his "blue-eyed girl."
Sara traveled as a Marine wife through numerous assignments to wonderful locations such as Paris Island, S.C., Camp Lejeune, N.C., Camp Pendleton, Ca., Barstow, Ca., and Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Hawaii. Sara was the home force during Albert's numerous deployments raising three children. After retirement from the USMC, Sara and Albert retired to Fort Walton Beach in 1960. She worked for many years at Southeastern Telephone Company, and was very successful as a professional seamstress in addition to her being a perfect mother.
Sara is preceded in death by her husband, Albert F. Robbins, and youngest son, Wm Allen Robbins. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Dryden, her son and his wife, Frank and Jaciel Robbins, three granddaughters, Susan Whitson, Amy Johnston and Cathy Trolian, one grandson, James Robbins, and 13 wonderful great grandchildren. She is also preceded in her death by her brother, Cecil Harrell and is survived by her sister, Thelma Boothe and brother, Roland Harrell. Sadie is also survived by her best and lifelong friend Opal Davis Johnson, who traveled with her within the U.S. and Australia.
Sara was a loving and brilliant lady to the end with a quick wit and who loved to dance and travel. She was very giving throughout her life, and was generous to a fault. She loved her family and friends, playing cards and Scrabble, working difficult crosswords, and reading on her computer. Her last moments were exactly as she would have wanted, relaxing reading the news on her computer.
Services for Sara will be held at Wyatt Funeral Home in Opp on Wednesday, August 21 with visitation at 10 a.m. and funeral at 11 a.m. Burial will be at New Hope Baptist Church south of Opp following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, offerings in Sara's name can be made to The Journey Church, c/o Sara Robbins Memorial, 269 N. Main St. Crestview, FL 32536.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Aug. 18, 2013