Addie Martha Rebecca McBroom "Mac" Robbins

Addie Martha Rebecca "Mac" McBroom Robbins (Mrs. Terry Sr.), 101, of Kingston, went to join her Lord and her late husband, Terry H. Robbins Sr., and daughter, Carol Jane, on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Mac is survived by one son, Terry Robbins Jr. (Charity), Kingston; granddaughter, Anna Laura Robbins, Georgia, her son, Brad Braslin (Maggie) and their two sons, Collin and Charlie of Colorado; Ashley Watson of Colorado; Michael Behun (Haley), who have Myke, Jaelyn and Kiley of Georgia, Brandi McCombs (Allen) and Elizabeth, Virginia, and Nicole, Memphis. She is also survived by sisters, Jan Barton and Carlise Griggs (Jerry), Jackson, and Merlyn Bucy, Brady, Texas.
A resident of Kingston since 1950, she was born into a sharecrop farmer family, the second of six children in Medina, Tenn., on Dec. 1, 1912. When her mother died, Mac, at age 16, had to drop out of school to be mother for the three surviving children. Kenneth and Lucile Helm, principal, coach and educators at Beech Bluff High School, recognized her as a genius and wanted to allow her the opportunity to complete her education. They took her into their family and enabled her to enter nurse's training. She became a registered nurse and, at one time, was the oldest RN in Tennessee.
While working in Jackson, she met Terry H. Robbins Sr., and they were married on May 28, 1938. They had a son, Terry Jr., in 1940 and a daughter, Carol Jane, two years later (deceased in 2005). Mac was a great life partner for Terry Sr.: nurse, homemaker, seamstress, carpenter apprentice, block layer, roofer, gardener, canner, cook, historian and fisherwoman. They enjoyed a fun-filled life, dancing and traveling across the U.S.A. until his death.
She was a wonderful mother and added to the previously mentioned talents by providing training in marksmanship, camping skills, sewing, cooking, education, manners and etiquette. Although she always loved Carol Jane best, she still found time for Terry Jr. ("Mother, I just had to say that," he said.)
Her skills and talents as a wife and mother really excelled as a grandmother. Her loving daughter-in-law Charity and son Terry had three daughters, Anna Laura, Brandi and Nicole "Nikki". "We were blessed to spend their childhood in Kingston with Mac and Terry Sr.," the family said. "The Good Lord allowed the families to have so many wonderful times and memories. Another generation of Robbins girls were taught some wonderful skills and were loved so much, as we all were."
After Terry Sr. died, Mac lived by herself for several years. When some emergency surgery was required, she went to Jamestowne Assisted Living for a planned two weeks to recuperate. The residents and staff were so warm, helpful and friendly that she decided she would prefer to live there, which she did for 10 years and developed some wonderful friends. She had many friends who stopped by to see how she was doing and share gossip with her, take her on an outing or play a game of checkers. Mac ALWAYS enjoyed going places and especially places where you could drop a coin and pull the handle. Tunica, Miss., was a favorite spot. She loved winning and was an avid fan of BINGO!
She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church since 1950 and was a faithful attendee until recently. Wonderful, faithful Bethel members would see that Mac had transportation and assistance to church, as well as medical appointments, outings, dining and just going for a drive through the county. Mac always appreciated that, and the family still does. Thanks.
She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Probably by the time you read this, she will have already yelled BINGO!
The family would like to say a special thanks to the staff at Jamestowne and to Hospice representatives for their loving and caring treatment of their mother.
At Mac's and the family's request, please NO FLOWERS. If desired, donations may be made in her name to either Bethel Presbyterian Church, 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston, TN 37763; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 51 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Bethel Presbyterian Church, 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston. All friends of the family are invited. An online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net. Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston, is in charge of arrangements.

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Fraker Funeral Home
1445 Kingston Highway Kingston, TN 37763
(865) 717-7727
Published in Roane County News from July 25 to July 28, 2014