KATHERINE JOYCE PARKINSON ROBISON Died October 21st, 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Katherine, called Joy by family and friends, was born January 1, 1921 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England. At the age of 2, she immigrated to America with her mother, following her father, who had traveled ahead and settled in Jamestown, New York. During the summer of 1941, at age 20, she traveled to New York City with a dear friend where she met Roy Robison, a United States Naval Academy midshipman who was on his third year cruise. That chance meeting started a friendship that endured the miles that separated them over the next years as Roy graduated from the Academy in December 1941 and began his naval career at the start of the United States' entry into World War II. They were married on March 18, 1944 in Newark, Ohio, had a short honeymoon to NYC and then traveled to Bremerton, WA to meet Roy's ship, the battleship USS Washington. Joy was a Navy wife and together they lived wherever duty assignments took them: New Orleans, LA; Vallejo and San Diego, CA; Annapolis, MD; New London, CT; Arlington, VA; Newport, RI; Norfolk, VA. and McLean, VA. Upon Roy's retirement from the Navy they continued to live in McLean, VA where they enjoyed Naval alumni functions and Annapolis football games. Joy lived the last 16 years with her daughter Mary in Santa Fe. Joy was a longtime member of St. John's Catholic Church where she served first as school librarian and then as church Liturgical Coordinator, Sacristan and Extraordinary Minister. She enjoyed traveling with Roy during his second career with the George Washington University Continuing Engineering Education Program. She especially enjoyed returning to England to visit London. Joy was a dedicated mother, grand-mother and care giver who enjoyed volunteering at various organizations, sewing and cooking. She is survived by four children who will miss her greatly. Tom and wife Brenda of Wenatchee, WA; Jim and wife Fran of Centreville, VA; Katherine and husband Marty Yakimovich of Wilmington, NC; and Mary in Santa Fe, NM; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Roy, her parents Edwin and Jane Parkinson, and son-in-law, Kenneth Tomlinson. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church in McLean, VA, and she will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Many thanks to Amber Care Hospice and the staff of Bee Hive Homes of Santa Fe for their professional and loving care. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900