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Emily Robbins


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Emily Robbins Obituary
NEWTON - Emily Robbins, 99, of Newton, died Saturday, Aug. 20 at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen.
Emily was born Aug. 19, 1917, in the Moland House in Hartsville, Pa. The Moland House is an old stone farmhouse built by John Moland in 1750; the house originally served as headquarters for General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Miss Robbins lived there with her family for the first 22 years of her life. She was daughter of the late Roger Sherman and Hattie (Hart) Robbins.
Miss Robbins was a 1934 graduate of Hatboro High School in Hatboro, Pa., and was a graduate of Temple University College of Liberal Arts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She continued her education at Montclair, Rutgers and Princeton in order to acquire her master's degree and educational certification to teach and supervise five disciplines at the secondary level.
Miss Robbins' love for education and mathematics was very evident throughout her life. She worked after her college graduation at the New Amsterdam Casualty Company in Philadelphia as a statistician. She later became employed, during World War II, by the Brewster Aeronautical Company of Johnsville, Pa., as a supervisor of records. After World War II, Miss Robbins was able to pursue her career in education. She was offered her first job as a mathematics teacher at Sussex High School. In 1954, Miss Robbins taught mathematics in Newton High School until she retired in 1980. Known for her strict teaching methods, Miss Robbins displayed professionalism, consistency, and perseverance in her classroom.
Several of Emily's fondest memories consisted of moving to Sussex as a young teacher, and having to learn how to milk a cow in order to participate in a fundraiser for the Future Farmers of America. She was also very proud that one of her former students, John C. Mather, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006.
Emily was very active in the Presbyterian Church. She was the church organist at the Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, Pa. Upon her move to New Jersey, she became an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Sussex.
She was predeceased by her brother, Roger Sherman Robbins Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, followed by a burial at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1401 Meetinghouse Road, Warminster, Pa. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.
on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Glen Fellowship Fund, United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, 200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, NJ 07860.
Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 25, 2016
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