Emma Rebecca Robinson
1928 - 2021
BORN
1928
DIED
2021
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2959 West 11th Avenue
Gary, IN
Emma Robinson finished her earthly journey on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at home with family by her side. She was born January 22, 1928 to Maggie and William Dotson in Aldrich, Alabama. She graduated from Shelby County Training School in Columbiana, Alabama and received a degree in elementary education from Alabama State College in Montgomery, Alabama. She relocated to Gary, Indiana after securing employment with School City of Gary. In addition to her teaching assignment, she was the after-school Activity Coordinator for the Gary Friendship House and during the summer she served as the city wide Coordinator for the Summer Youth Program. Her greatest challenge came when she was appointed the first woman commissioner for the Gary Redevelopment and the building of the Small Farms Apartments. She retired from the Gary Community School Corporation after fifty years of service to students attending Roosevelt, Garnett and Jefferson Schools. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Phocion, step-son Phocion Jr., son-in-law Ronald Washington, 2 brothers and 7 sisters. Memories will be forever cherished by 2 daughters Dr. Lucille Washington of Gary, IN and Phocia Jean (Bobby) Jackson of St. John, IN; niece whom she loved as a daughter Felecia Harris of Fultondale, AL; 4 grandchildren MD/JD Allen Dennis, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Frederick Washington of Nashville, TN, Laurie Washington of Midlothian, IL and Elizabeth Washington of Greenville, MS, 5 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.; Loving caregivers Teresa Hamblin and Charlotte Dorsey. Interment Montevallo Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama.


Published by Post-Tribune on Jan. 10, 2021.
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12 Entries
She was my favorite teacher ever I was in the 6th grade
I was one of her favorites I promise
Love u Mrs. Emma Robinson Rest Easy❤
Larnell Rhea
Student
January 16, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Dr. Washington. As a student at Jefferson Elementary I knew your mother well. Although I never had her as a teacher she was always sharp, whether in dress or instruction. A lovely person.
May God be with you and your family.
Kwalfle Bradley
January 15, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Robinson. She indelibly made a huge impression in my life. First, as my inspiring teacher at Garnett School and Roosevelt School; and secondly, as an attractive Lady in all ways. She always had such a gentleness, even though strict in her teaching methods, she taught and "we" learned. She will always be in my heart and precious memories.
Gloria Robinson -Hooks
Student
January 13, 2021
Mrs.robinson was the sweetist lady i know gone but not forgotten
Charlene Lucious
Friend
January 11, 2021
One of my favorite teachers at Garnett School (early sixties) She was a sharp dresser and she made sure when we left 5th grade we knew our work. She and Mrs. Hooper were the best! My condolences to the family.
Karen Clayton
Student
January 11, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Sincere condolences to the Robinson Family.
Carl and Dorothy Champion
Friend
January 11, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Joyce Pompey
Coworker
January 11, 2021
I am shocked to see this on my phone tonight! Doretha, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. May she rest in heavenly peace. God bless you and your entire family. Praying for your strength and comfort. I am just a phone call away if there is anything that I can do.

Alicia Kelley
Alicia Kelley
Friend
January 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Dr. Washington, you have my sincere condolences.
Billups Stephanie
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Mrs. Robinson was my 4th grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. It is because of her that I did very well in my math classes beyond elementary school. Our paths crossed again when I worked for the City of Gary's Redevelopment Department. She was a member of the board. I always Remember Mrs. Robinson was a very sharp dresser. May she rest in God's heavenly kingdom.
Sonia Medina Cuba
Student
January 10, 2021
Thinking of you and hoping you find comfort in remembering, and asking God to surround you with His perfect peace and love.
Linda Barnes-caldwell
Friend
January 10, 2021
To the Family,
Mrs. Robinson was a caring teacher while attending Roosevelt High School during my elementary years, a dedicated public servant, and just a classy lady. May God comfort you this time.
Minietta Nelson
Student
January 10, 2021
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