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Jane Carolyn McKinnes Robb, 77, died on September 23 in Phoenix, Arizona following a long illness. Jane was raised in Beacon, New York and attended Wheaton College in Illinois, majoring in French. Jane married her beloved husband of 55 years, David Robb, shortly after graduation. Following brief periods of living in Virginia-where Jane worked as a teacher-and New York, they settled down outside of Chicago, raising their family in Evanston and Winnetka, Illinois. They then retired to Charlottesville, VA; Santa Fe, NM; and Phoenix Arizona. Jane was a talented artist in many regards. Throughout her life, she was a fabulous cook and baker, a gifted writer, and also a master of calligraphy. She was an avid gardener, winning a number of horticulture awards and serving in a number of capacities with the Santa Fe Garden Club. She also served on school and community organizations throughout her life, as well as church activities, her faith being a very important part of her life. Jane was devoted to, and greatly loved by, her family. In addition to her husband David, her life will be fondly remembered by her children, Heather Robb-O'Donnell and April Robb, and their husbands Brian and David; her sister Nancy Bell and her husband David; her grandchildren Audrey and Jonah Carter; her brother-in-law Peter Hartford; her Bell nieces and nephews and Doughty cousins; and the countless friends she made and treasured throughout her life. Jane was a kind person and caring friend throughout her life, and never was her grace more evident than during the last six years of her life when she fought a cruel disease with courage every day. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the First Presbyterian Church at 208 Grant Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Mayo Clinic for Corticobasal degeneration research; the Santa Fe Botanical Garden; or the Santa Fe Garden Club.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Oct. 5, 2017
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