Rachel Treadway Wilson Robinette (1916 - 2018)

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Rachel Treadway Wilson Robinette, 102, of Rockwood, passed from this life Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Rachel, one of eight children, was born near Whites Creek on Aug. 30, 1916, to Francis Arlena Plemmons Treadway and George Washington Treadway. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jack Lee Huff; and three sisters and four brothers. Rachel was widowed five times. Her husbands were Herbert Lee Huff, Claude Martin, Robert Anderson, Conley Hyder, Charles Wilson and Rudolph Robinette. Left to cherish her memory are her granddaughter, Anna Huff Haight and husband Kyle of California; and daughter, Sandra Huff of Loudon. Rachel is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, their spouses and children. Her Rockwood niece and nephew are Doris Clayton and Wayne Ed Nelson. Out of town are niece, Sally Pellulo Hughes of Florida; and nephews, the Rev. Danny Treadway of Maryville and Clarence Nelson Jr. and Frankie Pellulo of Florida. Also holding a special place in Rachel's heart in Rockwood are great-nephews George Treadway and Patrick Murphy.
Moving to Rockwood as a young child, Rachel grew up on Rockwood and North Wilder streets and attended Rockwood Elementary School. She graduated high school from Washington College Academy in Jonesborough and attended State Teachers College, Johnson City, now East Tennessee State University, before returning to Rockwood in 1936. She is a lifelong member of Rockwood First Presbyterian Church and also a member of Rockwood Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
Rachel was happiest when taking care of her family and spending time with her many friends and church groups. She loved taking care of the Sunday altar linens, silver and flowers for her Presbyterian church and recording minutes for her LDS church. At Christmas, she always looked forward to delivering poinsettias to shut-ins. She will also be remembered for her love of animals. She devoted her life to the rescue of abandoned animals and supported numerous animal rescue groups. Rachel was a prolific and published writer of prose and poetry. She was particularly proud of one of her essays about Christmas published in Southern Living Magazine. She loved to travel and was proud of the fact that in her younger years she traveled to every state in the U.S. One of the things she took great pride in was supporting the WWII war-effort by working in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project. She worked for Sharpe Construction from day-one of their building the K-25 site and stayed until after the bomb was dropped by the Enola Gay.
Rachel often said that of everything she accomplished in life, she was proudest of her beloved son Jack and granddaughter Anne. After Jack's death, she would tell everyone that her daughter-in-law, Sandra, was now her daughter and from then on introduced Sandra to everyone as her daughter, often creating an endearing, delightful confusion among those who knew her.
Rachel summed up her life in a 2006 newspaper interview on her ninetieth birthday. She said, "I don't feel 90 at all. I feel like I did at 30 or 40. I'm the luckiest old woman on the face of the Earth. I have a happy outlook on life; I read good books and have a lot of pen pals. I've had a good life, had a good childhood and have had a good time.
the Lord has truly blessed me." Rachel's parting request is, "Remember me with smiles and laughter."
At Rachel's request, there will be a private interment at Rockwood's Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request any memorials be made to the Roane County Animal Shelter, 29 Manufacturers Road, Rockwood, TN. 37854.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Rockwood First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Snodgrass officiating. Evans Mortuary, Rockwood, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Roane County News on July 7, 2018