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Mary Catherine Robinson

Apr 17, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE –Memorial services for Mary Catherine Robinson of Spirit Lake, formerly of Estherville, will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2007, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake with Father Carl Mann officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Inurnment will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Columbarium in Spirit Lake.

She died at Avera Holy Family Health Monday, April 14, 2008.

Mary Catherine was born on Feb. 10, 1919, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of Hugh Gorwood McTavish and Florence Elser McTavish.

She received her education in the Coggan and Estherville Schools, graduating from Estherville High School and Estherville Junior College, and attended Iowa State University.

On July 29,1941, Mary Catherine was married to Charles William Robinson and they were very active in the Estherville community. She was an Alpha Delta Pi at Iowa State University and a past President of Pan Hellenic in Estherville. She was a member of Chapter AY PEO, and was past President of Emmet County Republican Women, and Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary. She was a very active member of both Grace Episcopal Church in Estherville and St. Alban’s Church in Spirit Lake.

Mary Catherine is survived by her son, Alan, and wife, Onalee, of Estherville and daughter, Ann Marie, of Denver, Colo. Grandchildren are Jeff Robinson, of Shorewood, Minn.; Susan and Gerald Farrell of Doha, Qatar and their children, Reagan, Grace, and Bryan, and Megan; and John Gibbs of Mercer Island, Wash., and their children, Madelyn, Monica, and Meredith Gibbs. She is also survived by her brother, John McTavish, and his wife, Johne, of Bonita Springs, Fla., and their children Catherine, Hugh, and Martha. Also surviving are Janet’s children Brian Hiley and J-Ann Hiley.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bill Robinson, in 2002; sister Janet Hiley; infant brother Hugh McTavish Junior; and her father and mother.

The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who were so much a part of her life — Wel-Life, Good Samaritan Home, and Avera Hospitals in Spirit Lake and Estherville. On-line condolences may be sent to: <www.henryolsonfuneral.com>.