Dorothy Robinett

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Robinett, Dorothy

Dorothy Robinett, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and coach, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the age of 87. Dorothy was born in Lee, Massachusetts on July 8, 1930, and visited many states before making her life in New Mexico with her husband, Rush Robinett Jr. She had spent her life doing a great many things, but what she was most proud of was her skating and coaching.

Dorothy first began skating as a child with her father. Upon moving to Albuquerque, while skating when Tingley Beach froze over in a winter of the early '50s, she was observed by other skaters and individuals in the ice skating culture to be graceful and skillful and was encouraged to begin teaching. During residence in Tonopa, Nevada, she continued to ice skate in the deep winters of the mid '60s. She found a livestock pond that was frozen over near a major highway leaving from town, and started figure skating routines on the natural ice. She was particularly proud of coaching a junior hockey program in Albuquerque, offering children opportunities to gain skills and compete. Her teams were very competitive and traveled to tournaments in places like Salt Lake City and the vicinity of Denver. She continued to enjoy skating and teaching until late in her life. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, 3 children & 2 grandchildren.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 6, 2017