Lori Dempsey Robbins
1970 - 2016
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Lori Dempsey Robbins
Jan. 11, 1970 - Jan. 7, 2016
Resident of Oakland
Lori Dempsey Robbins passed away peacefully at her home in Oakland on Thurs., Jan. 7, 2016, after a courageous four year journey with ovarian cancer. She was 45 years old.
The daughter of the late Edward and Lois Robbins, Lori was a proud Oakland native and graduated from Skyline High School in 1988. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University in 1992 and her Master's degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 2001.
Lori's professional career focused on improving the lives of children and families. Her leadership in the WCCUSD and OUSD After School Program Offices impacted thousands of students. One of her proudest accomplishments was launching and co-leading the Eagle Village Community Center at Westlake Middle School in Oakland.
Lori loved many things – movies, comedy, theatre, music, culture, all of our Bay Area sports teams (especially the Oakland A's), and everything having to do with the City of Oakland. Above all, she loved connecting with people, and her relationships with family and friends were of utmost importance to her.
She is survived by her daughter Emilia Buckner, former husband Matt Buckner, and brother Mike Robbins. She will be greatly missed by them, as well as by the many family and friends who love her dearly.
A memorial service to celebrate her life takes place on Sat., Jan. 23 at 2 pm at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eagle Village Community Center Youth and Family Services, Inc.

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Published in Inside Bay Area News on Jan. 16, 2016.
Memorial service
02:00 PM
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
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April 18, 2016
It's too bad we drifted apart 15 years ago. You were a fun person. Thanks for introducing me to Ikedas in Auburn, and for being a core dancer, as you put it, at my wedding.
Randall Cook
January 23, 2016
I will light a candle at home too!!! I send Blessings and love to the family.
melinda martin
January 23, 2016
It really never seems right when the good ones go too early. Lori, you touched everyone you met with your smile and warm heart. I will always remember you and our fun times as children~much love to you and your family xxoo
January 20, 2016
Although I only met her in person once, I 'spoke' with Lori many times in an online cancer forum. She was truly a bright shining light and I will miss her.
Lucy Wallingford
January 20, 2016
I attended Glenview and Skyline with her. I went to her house on Hanley a few times as a boy. This is indeed a loss. My condolences to the family.
Shimon Israel
January 20, 2016
We will miss your smiling face and loving heart, Lori! May your daughter always know how very much you loved her. See you on the other side.
You friend,
Beth Martin
January 20, 2016
Dearest Lori, you are missed. Your open heart, warm voice, brightest light, and compassion for all are my treasured memories. Rest in peace, friend, and may your family and loved ones find joy and comfort in their memories of you. With love, Carmela (a sister)
Carmela Peters
January 19, 2016
You have always been a light for all of us! We Miss you Lori. Thank you for fighting for so
Gwynne Cropsey
January 19, 2016
My life is richer for having known you Lori. You leave behind a wonderful legacy in your daughter and in all those other friends whose lives you have touched. Rest in peace.
Deab Kralios
January 19, 2016
I am so sorry for her daughter who is much to young to have lost her beloved mother. Wishing the family peace.
Zarka Popovic
January 17, 2016
Sweet Lori gone makes a huge hole in many hearts.
January 16, 2016
She brought so much love and light to the world. A huge loss for so many.
Julie Koebel
January 16, 2016
Mike and Lori Robbins - 1975
Mike Robbins
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