Marjorie Robbins Obituary

Marjorie E. Robbins
Marjorie Robbins
Marjorie E. Robbins

March 1, 1919 - August 8, 2011
Born in Academy, South Dakota
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Marjorie E. Robbins died Monday, August 8, 2011, at the Bright-Kavanagh Hospice House after a short illness. Funeral Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, August 11 at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel in Des Moines. Burial will immediately follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at Westover Funeral Home.

Marjorie Eunice Brown was born on March 1, 1919 to Frank C. and Sara Lois Wolcott Brown in Academy, South Dakota. She spent her youth in Sioux City, Iowa and attended Morningside College for two years. She then transferred to the University of Iowa where she majored in English and Mathematics. Upon graduation she taught school for a few years, then moved to Des Moines during World War II to help with the war effort. She met Harold R. Robbins and they were married from 1943 until his death in 1990. They had three children. After her parents died and her children were grown she worked for Thomas R. Griffith, D.O. as his receptionist and bookkeeper until his death in 1986.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Sara Lois Brown; brothers Ronald, Everald, Carroll, and Bruce; and her husband, Harold R. Robbins. Marjorie is survived by her son Robert R. (Cindy Hamman) of Sandy, Utah; daughters Carol Ann (Corky Nelson) of Eagle Rock, Missouri, and Linda Robbins Coleman (William S. E. Coleman) of Des Moines; granddaughter Valerie Bowen (Tom) and great-grandaughter Heather Peden of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Jean Livingstone Brown (Robert Bruce) of Brevard, North Carolina; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

DSOM (Dear Sweet Old Mother) had the beauty of a flower, the soul of a poet, the compassion of a saint, the gentleness of a kitten, an infinite capacity for love, and the strength of a mountain. Her kindness, intelligence, sense of humor, and charm were evident to all who met her. She was a member of Immanuel Methodist Church (UMW, Claudia Circle); the Westover Study Club; and she regularly attended exercise class at the Northwest Senior Center. Marjorie's hobbies and interests were many and varied over the years. Her mind remained lively and constantly interested in the world she lived in until her death. She frequently typed and proofread articles and books written by her son-in-law, William. She had a keen eye and an astute critical sense.

She wrote poetry, painted and drew, sewed clothes, enjoyed tending her yard and garden, mastered the computer, and eagerly attended arts events as long as her health permitted. She took great joy in reading, especially poetry and the Bible. She loved classical music, especially that written by her daughter Linda. She was an avid crossword puzzle solver; and, while sitting in her living room watching television, she often beat Jeopardy contestants until a few days before her death. She was a loving, witty woman who took great joy in her life and family. For the last thirteen years of her life she was cared for by her daughter, Linda, who did everything she could to help Marjorie remain in her home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa, Immanuel United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army, Hope Ministries, and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, August 11, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Westover Funeral Home
Thursday, August 11, 2011
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Thursday, August 11, 2011
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM


Hope Ministries
5075 N.E. 12th Avenue
Pleasant Hill, IA 50313