RHEA "DUSTY" ROBB (1926 - 2016)

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RHEA DUSTY ROBB Rhea "Dusty" Robb passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 17, 2016 after a long illness. Dusty was born Rhea Jane Stevlingson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 21, 1926. She was the oldest of five siblings and a self- professed Army brat; her family moved around the U.S. frequently during her school years. She was proud of her father's "Viking" (Norwegian) heritage and that her mother's family line traced back to an ancestor who came to America on the Mayflower. In the late 40's, her family moved to the Tri-City area of Washington state. There she met and married John Robb. Together they had four children and moved across the country several times following his career. After she and John divorced, she remained in Marin County, California. For many years, she worked as a medical assistant and certified phlebotomist in the San Francisco Bay Area. After she retired, she continued to support those activities most dear to her heart. She was a Red Cross first aid instructor, an usher for numerous Marin County theater and music events, and an associate member of the National Ski Patrol. She loved books and was a long-time volunteer at a book store whose proceeds benefitted the Marin County library system. Dusty enjoyed being active. She loved to dance, especially folk dancing. For many years, she was an active member of the performing dance troupe Kopacka in Marin County. She taught many of their weekly classes and often attended summer folk dance retreats. She was also a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California where she sang in the choir. She also sang for many years with the choral group Singers Marin, and traveled with them on several trips to other countries. Dusty thrived on being around people. She was warm, outgoing and friendly to everyone she met, even total strangers. She will be missed most of all by her family but also by anyone fortunate enough to have known her. She was predeceased by her sister Julie and brother Steve. She is survived by her sister Ruth, brother Stev, daughters Sandie, Jean, Beth (Raul da Silva) and son Jim (Anna), as well as grandchildren Rachel, Rebecca (David Cassity), Aaron, Taiga, Lily and great-granddaughter Avery. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to the or Wildcare Bay Area of San Rafael.
Published in Tri-City Herald from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016
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