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Robbie R. Pope

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Robbie R. Pope Obituary
9/3/1933 - 10/31/2017
Robbie R. Pope, long time resident of the Desert Communities, passed quietly away in the early morning hours of October 31, 2017 in her home in Bermuda Dunes, California. Her family was with her. She was 84 years old when she finally succumbed to an uncommon, highly aggressive cancer that was first diagnosed only six short weeks before her death. The swiftness of her steep decline shocked family, friends and her attending physicians, saddening all who were close to her.
Born Robbie Rae Walker, September 3, 1933 in Talhequah, Oklahoma she entered a world devastated by the Great Depression. The Depression defined her childhood and forged Robbie's character and values. Hers was a family of teachers who encouraged young Robbie to read, think and imagine. Robbie developed a taste for literature and ideas and developed and honed a gift for numbers. There was never a challenge too great that Robbie didn't feel confident enough that she could tackle as long as she was armed with both the facts and her intellect.
In 1946, Robbie and her mother, Edith Walker moved to Corona, California joining other family members who had migrated there earlier from Oklahoma. Robbie thrived in Corona and flourished at Corona High School, graduating in 1950. Shortly thereafter, she married Conraid L. Pope. Their marriage would endure for six decades, a testimony both to their love for each other and their uncommon courage and adaptability in facing the vicissitudes of life.
Their first two decades together were defined by Con's career in the military. Wherever the service took them - from Pearl Harbor to Norfolk, Va., from Phoenix to Camp Pendleton - Robbie always found a position either as a newspaper reporter, a caseworker for the Red Cross, a secretary for a furniture store or an escrow officer for Security Bank. She was out in the world and part of the work force. Anyone who employed her could testify to the joyous alacrity and extraordinary precision with which she executed any and all tasks. There was never a goal she didn't successfully accomplish nor a business she didn't help make more successful.
After her husband retired from the military, he began his second career in the health management field. Robbie then brought her business experience and many talents to bear on the new "family business", helping it thrive and grow well beyond the expectations of one who had been born into a poor, struggling family of the Depression.
Following Con's early retirement from his second career, Robbie and Con moved to Northern California where they purchased a ranch and raised cattle. Robbie's business acumen helped keep their new and volatile enterprise profitable even in the most challenging circumstances- circumstances known all too well by all who raise livestock.
Con's heart condition ended the pursuit of cattle ranching. In 1989, Robbie and Con returned to Southern California, dividing their time between their homes in Lake Arrowhead and the desert, as well as traveling the roads of the United States. In recent years the couple could be seen at various family reunions and with their friends across the country. Widowed in 2015, Robbie came to divide her time between friends in Bermuda Dunes and family in Los Angeles.
Robbie will be remembered for her quick wit, her infectious "joie de vivre", the quick smile that would beam across her face and, of course, her bountiful trove of entertaining anecdotes and self-effacing stories that often proved to be not only sympathetic tales but parables of life's challenges and delights. Robbie never met a stranger; she treated everyone as a friend. Lastly, above all perhaps, she will be remembered for her warmth and her deep devotion to and love for her family and her friends.
She is survived by her son Conrad Michael, daughter-in-law Nan Schwartz, grandchildren Kate, Natalie, Laura and Andrew Mishkin, cousins Sandra Murphree and Billie Janssen as well as numerous other cousins, nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Service was held November 4th in the Chapel at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer in Riverside. She rests in Olivewood Cemetery between the graves of her mother, Edith Walker and her husband Conraid L. Pope. A video remembrance can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/241683017.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2017
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