Virgie M. Robinson

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VIRGIE M. ROBINSON
Pasco, Wash.
Virgie M. Robinson, former Pasco resident, was called home to be with her Lord on Friday, August 22, 2003.
At the time of her departure, Virgie was residing with her daughter, Tammy Jackson in Kent, Washington.
Born December 6, 1919, in Memphis, Tennessee, Virgie was a 20-year employee of the Pasco School District and dedicated community worker.
She came to the state of Washington in 1941, settling originally in Seattle.
She relocated to Pasco along with her husband, Richard in 1947 and together they established the Queen Street Diner (a.k.a. 'The Squeeze In') in east Pasco and started a family.
Virgie began her tenure as a community worker in the early 1960s becoming active in the Democratic Party and was instrumental in the establishment of the original Community Center at Kurtzman Park. She served as its first director, organizing tutoring programs, youth activities and establish a library.
Virgie was also the director of the YMCA's Higher Horizons program and served as a Camp Fire Girl leader with the Chinook Council of Camp Fire Girls. The Washington State Business and Professional Women honored Virgie with the statewide Woman of Achievement award in 1966. The Robinson family are/were long-standing members of St. James CME Church in Pasco where Virgie served as a Stewardess.
She was hired in 1966 by Dr. Lewis Ferrari of the Pasco School District to serve as an Ombudsman for the fast growing minority community enrolling into the District. As that program grew over the years, Virgie was promoted to director and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1986.
Virgie continued to serve the community during her retirement while pursuing her longtime dream of becoming a Realtor.
She worked with the original Juneteenth Festival Committee, the Black Junior Miss Scholarship Committee, the NAACP Soul Food Dinner and was named by Governor Booth Gardner to the Washington State Council on Voluntary Action in 1987.
A brain hemorrhage in 1992 put an end to Virgie's community work and rendered her totally dependent on the ones who loved her most.
She leaves to mourn and miss her, husband, Richard, of Kent, WA; son, Rickie, of Kent, WA; daughters, LaTanya Jimerson, of Waldorf, Md, Tammie Jackson, Tovia Robinson, of Kent, WA, and Krisandra Williams of Tacoma; siblings, Creasie Tillman of Pasco and Godfrey Chambers of Seattle. She also leaves a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, many of whom referred to her as 'Aunt Virgie.'
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 11:00 a.m at St. James CME Church 1809 E George St, Pasco.
Dayspring & Fitch Funeral Home of Seattle, WA, are in charge of arrangements.
A scholarship fund is being developed to benefit graduates of Pasco High School.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Virgie Robinson Memorial Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 6467 Kent, WA 98064.
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Dayspring-Fitch & Sons Funeral Home
5503 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-8955
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Published in Tri-City Herald from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2003
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