R. Elizabeth Robinson
R. Elizabeth Albee Robinson, 88, of South Glastonbury, formerly of Mansfield, CT passed to the Lord peacefully on Monday, November 10, 2014. A longtime resident of Glastonbury and Mansfield, CT, she recently lived at Salmon Brook Center and previously, Mountain Laurel in Glastonbury. Her family wants to thank the caregivers at both facilities and especially VITAS of Glastonbury who provided Hospice care the last few months. Betty was born August 21, 1926 in Sutton, MA to Roland and Ruth Albee. Betty graduated from East Douglas, MA High School, and from Simmons College in Boston, with a B.S. in Nursing in 1947. She married Perley B. Robinson 1948 and settled in Glastonbury, CT, where Betty worked for area hospitals. While working at McCook Hospital (State of CT) she returned to college in the mid 70’s to get her Masters in Nursing. Betty continued to work for the State of Connecticut in the Early Childhood Stimulation program, as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Betty and Perley were married 60 years until his passing in 2008, and raised 4 children, Katherine, Kenneth, Sandra and Susan in Glastonbury, CT. Betty was a doer, always getting involved and pushing for the right things to be done. She was an avid lover of the outdoors, and participated as a Ski Patrol Member (Blandford Ski Club), Nature Conservancy, CT AMC Board Member, Friends of Mansfield Hollow, and other conservation organizations. Betty received several lifetime honors from these groups and we are very proud of her. Perley and Betty were avid Square Dancers and also enjoyed traveling and hiking. She continued her love of the outdoors late into life, skiing, hiking and kayaking well into her 80s. Betty was a member of Storrs Congregational Church and The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, where she has many friends and appreciated their visits. Her faith was strong. Betty is survived by her children, Katherine (Kathi) and husband Hal Higley of Naugatuck, CT, Ken Robinson and wife Martha of Carbondale, CO, Sandi Rose and Mark Sanderson of South Glastonbury and Susan Crawford and husband Robert of South Glastonbury. She is also survived by grandchildren – Alan Cavanna, Harold Higley, Jr. (Lori), Joel Higley (Tammy), Rebekah Higley Tromp (Jeffrey), and great-grandchildren, Austin, Hannah, Holly, Heidi, Hudson and Hezekiah Higley (Harold Jr), Elena and Josiah Higley (Joel) and Abby and Josie Tromp (Rebekah). She was pre-deceased by her husband, Perley B. Robinson, a brother Lester Albee and son-in-law, Henry M. Rose. A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury on Friday December 12 at 2:00 pm. In Lieu of Flowers, contributions in her name are welcome to either: South Church – 949 Main St. South Glastonbury, CT 06073 Friends of Mansfield Hollow – P.O. Box 442 Mansfield Center CT. 06250-1329 For online condolences, visit http://www.mulryanfh.com
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