Elsie Iree Robinson, 86 years old, went home to be with the Lord on December 18, 2018. She was born on April 4, 1932 in Greenville, Kentucky to William and Ethel (Saulsberry) Robinson; she was the 11th of 12 children.
After her mother’s death, she spent some time in Louisville, Kentucky with her Uncle Claude Saulsberry’s family before returning home to Greenville and graduating from Drakesboro High School. She worked at Poplar Grove nursing home in Greenville. Later she moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky with a mother figure, Helen Mayes, who had worked with her in a nursing home in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky and Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Elsie remained in Hopkinsville where she enjoyed being a part of the membership of Durrett Avenue Baptist Church. Elsie had a natural talent for playing the piano by ear and was the pianist for their Sunday School. She developed many close friendships there.
After becoming ill, she lived at Medco/Henderson Nursing and Rehabilitation, Henderson, Kentucky which she lovingly called home for over a decade. She loved the patients and staff and they and their families came to love her dearly. Elsie participated in all events at the home and loved going on outings with the nursing home. Some of her favorite activities were the weekly visiting church services, Bingo which she won a lot, and the annual Thanksgiving dinner with family. Henderson Nursing and Rehabilitation will honor Elsie by dedicating their first hospice room “The Elsie Robinson Hospice Room” with a plaque of her on the door.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents and 9 siblings. One especially attentive brother Payton F. (Gladys Ruthene) Robinson, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews.
She leaves to mourn her sister Margaret E. Robinson of Valparaiso, IN; brother William E. (Queenette) Robinson of Louisville, Kentucky; and his children Robinsons, Fitzgerald, the children of Mary A. (Arthur) Bard, the Bards; Elizabeth (Bob) Morgan, the Morgans; Clarence (Pauline) Robinson, Irwin & Robinson; James Elmer (Dorothy) Robinson, McCray and Robinsons; Virginia Pitts, Pitts and Sterling; Rowena (Christie) Stewart, Glass; Lilly Rose (Ernest L.) Jones, Crayton, Wallace, and Jones; and Eva J (Thomas) Dumas, Dumas-Hines, Dumas, King; great and great-great nieces and nephews; close friends Martha Bowman and Mary Gratzsky; and the resident and staff of Henderson Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Visitation will be from 9 in the morning until service time at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12th at Graceland Cemetery.