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Carolyn Gene (Shellington) Robinson
(February 8, 1927 - February 10, 2013)

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Carolyn Gene (Shellington) Robinson

Carolyn Gene (Shellington) Robinson age 86 of Hastings, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 10, 2013 at her home. She was born February 8, 1927 in Danby Township, Ionia County, the daughter of Emmett E. and Mary Caroline (Bouck) Shellington.

Carolyn attended Ryan Elementary School, and Hastings High School, graduating in 1944. She went on to attend college at Marion College, Indiana, Barry County Normal and Western Michigan University. Carolyn was an elementary school teacher.

In High School, Carolyn worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Hastings. She married Grant Robinson on June 14, 1947. Carolyn and Grant celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past June. Carolyn was a manager, with husband Grant, of the Barry County Farm, now called Thornapple Manor. She also taught school at various Barry County rural schools, which included: Wood School, Checkered School, Hendershott School and Fuller Street School in Nashville. Carolyn made the decision to stay at home to raise her children and help manage their 200 acre dairy farm.

She was a member of the Hastings Wesleyan Church, joining in 1947. Carolyn served as a Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and youth leader. She was president of the Women’s Missionary Society. Carolyn volunteered at Charlton Park in the late 70’s. She enjoyed collecting and reselling antiques and collectables that she found at auctions, reading, traveling with husband Grant in their trailer, canning and quilting. Carolyn’s greatest joy were her grandchildren, especially during the holidays.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Grant on October 29, 2012, parents Emmett and Mary Shellington, in-laws Earl and Esther Robinson, brothers Howard, William, Robert (Pat) Shellington, Wallace Shellington, sisters Ruth (Willard) Kidder and Dorothy (Jerry) Barker.

Carolyn is survived by her children, Lynden and Patty Robinson, Gordon and Merry Robinson, Ron and Patti Robinson, and Lois and Randy Frantz, grandchildren, Sadie, Cale, Kelley and Julia Robinson, Casey (Mitch) Edmondson, Sarah and Nicole Frantz, Nick and Christopher Kreiser, Alison (Mike) Stephens, Nacole (Nicholas) Gross, great-grandsons, Noah and Logan, sisters Frances Shellington and Kathleen (Smith) Sherman, brother-in-law, Wayne Robinson, sister-in-law, Verna Shellington, many nieces and nephews, dear friend Midge Kidder and loving caregivers for both Carolyn and Grant, Sarah, Darlene, Elizabeth, Debi, and Becky.

Memorial Contributions:
(1) Barry Community Hospice
     450 Meadow Run Dr.
     Hastings, MI 49058

(2) Barry County Commission on Aging
      320 W. Woodlawn Ave.
      Hastings, MI 49058

Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 6pm until 8pm
Girrbach Funeral Home
Hastings, MI 49058

Funeral Service:
Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:00 am
Girrbach Funeral Home
Rev. Mary Soderholm, officiating

Freeport Cemetery
Freeport, Michigan


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