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Harriet ‘Jean’ Robinson

obit-harriet-Mom's-school-photoHarriet “Jean” Robinson, resident of Pagosa Springs and Nokomis, Fla., 82, beloved wife of Harvey J. Robinson, died May 23, in Pagosa Springs from complications of end-stage Parkinson’s disease.

He was her 24/7 caregiver for the last few years of her life. She had a peaceful end to a very long and hard struggle. She never complained though she was still telling us what to do until the very end. Harvey and Jean are the owners of Cool Pines RV Park in Pagosa Springs, which they built and opened in 1998.

She was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Alice E. Palmer and Asa O. Palmer. She graduated from Cortland State Teachers College (SUNY-Cortland) in 1952. She taught elementary school in Klamath Falls, Ore., and then Peekskill, N.Y., before moving to Sarasota, Fla., where she taught first grade at Phillippi Shores Elementary in the Sarasota County School District for over 25 years.

She married Harvey J. Robinson May 2, 1970. She is survived by her husband, of Pagosa Springs and Nokomis, Fla.; daughters Alice Robinson (the Rev. Robert Pope), of Bayfield; and Elizabeth Ellis (Daniel), of Union, Ky; sons Patrick Robinson (Bonnie), of Old Fort, N.C.; and Michael Robinson (Sharon), of Denver; grandchildren Andrew, Sophie and Gabriel. She was preceded in death by her brother, Asa O Palmer, Jr., and her parents.

Jean was active, until slowed by Parkinson’s, in RV organizations: GMC Sunshine Statesmen, Family Motor Coach Association and Beaver Motor Coach Association. She and Harvey full-timed in their motorhome for the last 20 years.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 26, at noon at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Pagosa Springs. A reception will follow at Cool Pines RV Park. Another service is planned for Dec. 1 at The Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the Wounded Warriors Project.

Our family extends their deepest gratitude to Dan Keuning, Suzie Reno, Muriel Cronkhite, the staff of Pagosa Springs Medical Center and to Dr. Jill Marjama-Lyons, Albuquerque, N.M., Jean’s neurologist.

This story was posted on July 24, 2014.