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.
Published in Inside Bay Area News on Jan. 16, 2016.