August 27, 1950 - July 12, 2021
Robin Bounous Drew died unexpectedly in her home Monday, July 12, 2021. She was 70 years old.
Robin's three great passions were her children, her animals, and the Christmas season. For decades, she would bake and prepare scores of intricately assembled tins or plates of Christmas cookies to give to friends and families (and, occasionally, UPS drivers, repairmen, and garbage men). Each plate contained 20 or more different kinds of cookies, and Robin knew by heart each of friends' favorites — so you might find in your tin a few extra jewel brooches, sand tarts, painted cookies, peanut blossoms, caramel heavenlies, or the many others she would make all fall and winter.
Robin was born in Morganton, the middle of three children to Ed and Sonia "Sonny" Bounous. Her parents gave her a passion for gardening and animals, and her love of baking cookies began when she would help her mother make longtime family recipes and newer favorites. She later handed those traditions to her children and grandchildren.
"I remember as a small child the wonderful beginning days of December," Robin said in a 1992 newspaper article about her baking traditions. "The kitchen would come alive with cookie cutters and batters and dough being rolled. And then after the cookies were baked, we would pipe small outlines of white around their edges, or paint tiny scenes on the glassy white icing of the sugar cookies."
After graduating from Morganton High School, Robin attended Duke University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1972 and managed to get engaged to her husband, Tom, on graduation day. In addition to her husband, her time at Duke introduced her to her longtime home, Durham, where she lived the last 40 years of her life.
Robin and Tom raised two boys, Michael and Jonathan, and Robin bestowed upon them their best virtues of compassion, generosity, and dedication.
In addition to her two siblings, Sonia and Phil, Robin is survived by her two sons and their incredible wives, Amy and Jena; her three beloved grandchildren, Sam, Henry, and Virginia; four nieces, Mim, Jackie, Lauren, and Charlotte; and two nephews, Parker and Matthew. She also leaves behind her dachshund, Penny; and the countless deer, squirrels, chickadees, titmice, and cardinals whom she fed in her yard and on her terrace.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 45 years and her parents.
The family plans to hold a memorial for Robin at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine, www.cvm.ncsu.edu/alumni-and-donors/giving/
or Project Night Night, www.projectnightnight.org/
Published by The News Herald on Jul. 25, 2021.