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Diana E. "Di" Robison

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Diana E. "Di" Robison Obituary
Diana "Di" E. Robison died peacefully Thursday evening (Dec. 5, 2013) in St. Vincent's Home in Quincy.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1926, in Chicago to Ella Fox Engelken and Gustav A. Engelken.

She attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She completed her bachelor's degree in library science in 1980 at Western Illinois University and her master's degree in information and library science in 1989 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Diana was the director of the Carthage Public Library for 18 years. During her tenure, she secured many grants to bring the library's technology into the 21st century. She enjoyed serving the Carthage community.

She married Halford C. Robison in 1947 in Sycamore, Ill. They were married for 32 years until his passing in 1978.

One of the highlights of Diana and Halford's life together was a trip to Italy in 1968. They visited places that Halford saw as a soldier in the Fifth Army during World War II: Naples, Rome, Pompeii, Florence and Venice.

Diana was a member of PEO Chapter AQ in Augusta, and most recently a member of Chapter IE in Quincy. She also was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary in Augusta, the Unitarian Women's Alliance in Quincy, the Friends of the Quincy Public Library and the Bookies Book Club.

Diana was happiest when she was surrounded by her family at the dinner table leading lively discussions about current events where she often challenged those present to think differently about an issue. After retirement, she enjoyed cooking and was a devotee of the Cooking Channel's shows. Diana's attention to setting a nice table showed that she cared about making family meals special and memorable.

She is survived by her son, David Robison and his wife, Dorma, of Augusta, and two daughters, Jill Robison Gatcombe of Kirkwood, Mo., and Cathy Robison and her husband, Mike Coggeshall, of Clemson, S.C. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Eric (Katie) Robison of Gainesville, Fla., Erin (Robin) Robison of Sarasota, Fla., and Gregory Gatcombe and Lauren Gatcombe of Kirkwood. There are four great-grandchildren, Jordan David, Jodi Marie, Eric Leo and David Aaron Robison.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Janet Schmidt; her niece, Nancy Conzen; and her sister and brother-in-law Marilyn Robison Lantz and Mick Lantz.

The family thanks Kelli Reid, Brenda Johnston, Kate Eichman, Ann Hafner, and Carolyn Taylor for the wonderful care that they gave Diana over the years.

SERVICES: Cremation rites have been accorded to Diana. A memorial service to celebrate Diana's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Unitarian Church, 1479 Hampshire, in Quincy.

MEMORIALS: Carthage Public Library, 500 Wabash Ave., Carthage, IL 62321; PEO Chapter IE (Illinois Cottey College Scholarship Fund), in care of Mary Ann Peter, 7320 N. 72nd St., Quincy, IL 62305, and the Unitarian Church, 1479 Hampshire, Quincy, IL 62301.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hamilton Funeral Home, Augusta.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2013
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