Travelers Rest, S.C. —
Mary Ellen (Hood) Robinson, 81 years old, formerly of Joplin, Mo., and now of Travelers Rest, S.C., spent a week in the St. Frances Hospital in Greenville, S.C., for an illness and was then moved into a hospice facility in Simpsonville, S.C., where she passed away on April 11, 2012.
Mary was born in Jasper County, Mo., on the 26th day of January, 1931. She attended a country school and graduated from high school in Duenweg, Mo. The family moved into a place in Duquesne, where she lived until graduating.
Mary worked a while as a telephone operator for the phone company. Then she went to work for Dr. Oltman as a dental assistant. She stayed at this job quite a long time.
I met Mary in the summer of 1956. I being James Robinson, from Seneca, Mo., who was in the Navy at the time, Mary loved to swim at Redings Mill Swimming Pool, which was a great pool in those days and that is where we met. I was only there a few days and departed for Argentia, Newfoundland. During our short visits I had already decided she was the love of my life. After two years in Newfoundland, I returned to Seneca on my way to Pensacola, Fla., for duty. I contacted Mary, asked her to marry me and we made plans to be married. We were married in June of 1958, and lived in Florida a while.
Our son, Scott, was born while we lived in Pensacola. Then we lived in Naples, Italy for three years. Mary enjoyed our time there. We got to see things right out of world history and visited a lot of places and made some wonderful friends. Mary enjoyed a cruise trip through the Mediterranean Sea area and visiting some more countries on the way back to the United States. Mary was always ready to make a trip home to visit her family.
Her father was Fred Hood, deceased. Her mother was Emma (Parker) Hood, deceased. She had two brothers, Gene Hood and Jack Hood (both deceased) and one sister, Wilma (Hood) Lowe (deceased). Mary had several uncles and aunts and cousins in the Joplin area. She had four nephews, Dennis Lowe and wife, Loretta, Butch Hood and wife, Marie, Tony Hood and wife, Becky and Tim Hood and wife, Sandy. Mary had two great-nieces which she thought the world of, Amanda Lowe, Olathe, Kan., and Angie Gentry and husband, Kevin, of Webb City, Mo. Mary had two great friends from her high school days she always tried to see when we visited Joplin and were not living there, Judy Carter, deceased wife of Lester Carter and Norma Carter, wife of deceased Virgil Carter. They were still dear fiends long after high school.
Mary attended the Wildwood Baptist Church and continued receiving their church paper after we moved here. Joe, I would appreciate a short Prayer for her sometime, I think she would like that. I want to say I would not of made it through this with out the help and support of our son, Scott Robinson and his wife, Roni. They have been a God send for me.
I wrote this for my wife, Mary (Hood) Robinson, as a celebration of her life. Mary had a long and good life and we have a great son in Scott. There are always a few bumps in the road but she managed to smooth them out in good fashion. Mary helped her family when needed and she helped a lot with my family when needed. I have no doubt she has been received and welcomed into God’s Heaven.