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Debbie Robbins


1935 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Debbie Robbins Obituary
February 9, 1935 - October 25, 2017 We lost our adored Debbie unexpectedly on Wednesday night to a suspected pulmonary embolism. She left too soon, but went the way she had always wanted to: suddenly and with no pain or suffering. She was vibrant, healthy, and full of life and love until the moment she left this earth with a glass of Cabernet in hand. She was treasured beyond measure by her husband Harold Robbins, known as Hal; her three daughters, Laurie Grant, Lindy Robbins, and Sheri Weitz; her four grandchildren; her son in-laws; and her step-sons, Randy and Gary Robbins, and their children. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Dolores Mae Keltz, known as Debbie, was an only child of Daniel and Ida Keltz. She was proud of being Jewish, but not a religious person. She believed in the Golden Rule, and was a lifelong Democrat. She attended L.A. High, where she was President of the Dante's, and she later attended UCLA. In 1955, Debbie married her high school sweetheart, the late great Wally Wissman, and they moved to Canoga Park where they had their three daughters. After their divorce, she met and married Hal, her wonderful husband of 46 years. He was a steadfast, devoted, and supportive partner and step-father. Never content to be a housewife, Debbie was a pioneer in her own way. She attended night school before rising through the ranks in banking, becoming a highly-regarded and respected Senior Managing Director with clients who followed her loyally to three banks over four decades. She retired after 36 years at the age of 75, even though they urged her to stay. Debbie was extremely creative, and, more than anything, loved interior design and decorating. Her longtime home in Woodland Hills and her more recent dream house in Sherman Oaks were her passion; they could have easily been featured in a magazine. She also liked to paint and knit, and loved to shop, especially with her daughters, who she described as her finest accomplishment. She was very proud of how close her daughters all were with her and each other. After retiring, she was very happy and ready for a new chapter: playing Mahjong and Pan with her many friends, old and new; spending time with her family; going to lunches, dinners, and movies; and playing with her dog, Annie, who she rescued and doted on. She was a world-class beauty, and took tremendous pride in her appearance until her last breath, always looking like a million bucks. She was strong as steel, sweet as pie, loyal to a fault, and cherished more than words could ever express. The hole she leaves in our universe is immeasurable. We are proud of a life well-lived, and will miss her every moment of every day. Services will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Sportsmen's Lodge, Events Center, Waterfall Room. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: the Humane Society, National Breast Cancer Foundation, or .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2017
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