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12/25/1936 — 05/03/2008
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ione, Washington
Joan Robinson, Richland, WA, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008. Born in Ione, WA on December 25, 1936, she was the eighth of nine children born to Patrick Henry and Lauretta Pilgrim Keogh. Joan grew up in Usk, WA and moved to Spokane, WA with her twin sister Jane to attend Marycliff Catholic High School. After graduating in 1954, Joan moved to Richland and married Robert "Bob" Robinson in 1957.
Joan worked for Westinghouse Hanford for 26 years before officially retiring in 1995, although she continued to work part-time through 2007. Joan had a passion for traveling around the world, golfing, and bowling and was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Parents Without Partners, Kosmos, the Eagles, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers; Patrick, Jack, Duncan and Mike along with her sister Katie Byers. She is survived by her six children, sons Tony Teresa and Joe of Richland and daughters Kathy Mike Charko of St. Marys, GA, Karen Scott Spence of Kennewick, Julie Robinson of Spokane, and Kristie Rhodes of Ambridge, PA, as well as 17 grandchildren Chelsea, Bethany, Brandon Nina, Brian, Danielle, Kristi, Robin, Michael, Seann, Taylor, Heather, Andrew, McKenzie, Patrick, Geoffrey, Matthew and Jack and one great-grandchild Evelyn. She is also survived by her older sister Mary Fierke, her twin sister Jane Bond and her younger brother Tim Keogh.
A Rosary will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland, WA. Friday May 9, at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, on Saturday, May 10, at 12:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Knights of Columbus from 2:00 ~ 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations/gifts can be made to the Hospice at the Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick or the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick.
Tony, Joe, Kathy, Karen, Julie, and Kristie:
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I have very fond memories of your Mom and Dad as well as all of you when you were in your younger years. Your Mom and Dad loved to dance and I spent many enjoyable evenings with them. I also remember spending a wonderful weekend at your Momâs house in Usk. I cherish the short period of time I had with your Mom during her layover at the Atlanta airport a few years ago. During a lifetime, there are only a few people who truly have a positive impact on oneâs life. Thank you Joan for being one of those few.
Joan was one of those very special people – always up, friendly, smart and fun. As a co-worker and friend, I will miss her very much. My sympathies to her family and friends at this difficult time.
I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Kathy, Bill, Kyle and Drew Sammer
We worked with Joan. We also belong to a dinner club and enjoyed having dinner once a month with our work friends. Joan was a very strong lady and kept a good aditude during all the difficulties life dealt her. She will be missed.
Joan was a wonderful person who persured her dreams. She kept active and positive all through her treatment. She was so positive all the time that we need to look to her guidance in times of need. I will miss her.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family as we all grieve the loss of a very special soul. Joan was an essential part of our team here at Hanford; we have missed her since she left us months ago to start her treatment. God Bless you all and know He will provide us all with the strength to get through these confusing and difficult times.
So sorry about your Mom’s passing. I know your whole family and all her friends will truly miss her. I have great memories of your Mom. She sure kept us in check as teenagers, didn’t she?
Take care and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Love, Debbie Ray Moore
My lovely wife Sue and I bowled with Joan and Jane for many years in a mixed doubles league at Atomic Lanes. She was truly one of my favorite people in the world and always had a way of keeping me in my place. She was one of the toughest ladies I’ve ever meat! Our family will miss her greatly.
Joan has been a friend who I was fortunate to become acquainted with through our Kosmos group. She has been a very active and devoted member and we will miss her very much. We have all admired her spirit, her enjoyment and participation in many activities and especially her strength and determination through her illness and treatments.
My condolences to all her family.
I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family. I know your mom will be deeply missed.
Peace be with you all –
Joan Chandler Toptine