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.