Jean Robinson Obituary

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In Memory of

Jean Robinson

December 18, 1925 - June 1, 2014
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Frances "Jean" Driskill was born in the small farming community of Wellington, Texas on December 18, 1925 to Lawrence James Driskill and Frances Ruth Richards Driskill. Jean's father was a distant relative of the founder of the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas and one of thirteen children, so Jean had many cousins and aunts and uncles. One very special aunt was Austia "Austie" Vaughn who resided in Wellington for many years with her husband Orville. Jean spent many happy summer days on Austie and Orville's farm when she was child. Jean's father owned a small chain of dry cleaning shops located in...
Frances "Jean" Driskill was born in the small farming community of Wellington, Texas on December 18, 1925 to Lawrence James Driskill and Frances Ruth Richards Driskill. Jean's father was a distant relative of the founder of the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas and one of thirteen children, so Jean had many cousins and aunts and uncles. One very special aunt was Austia "Austie" Vaughn who resided in Wellington for many years with her husband Orville. Jean spent many happy summer days on Austie and Orville's farm when she was child.

Jean's father owned a small chain of dry cleaning shops located in New Mexico and Colorado and she lived in several small towns in west Texas and eastern New Mexico, including Roswell, Mew Mexico. Since Jean grew up during the depression, times were often hard, but she did all the typical things girls do and especially loved Shirley Temple movies. When she was 10 years old her beloved brother Larry was born. Sadly, when her parents divorced, her brother went to live with her dad and Jean stayed with her mother.

Upon graduation from Roswell High School, Jean and Farris Kenneth Robinson eloped on December 29, 1943, right in the middle of WWII. It wasn't long before Kenneth had shipped off to Italy where he spent the next 2 years as a nose gunner on a B24 Liberator. He flew in over 35 bombing missions over Germany and other parts of Axis Europe. During this time, Jean lived with her mother and father-in-law, Myrtle and Bogy Robinson. There were many tense moments for all of them, since all three of the Robinson boys, Claude, Kenneth and Keith were serving their country in the Army Air Corp and the US Navy. Jean always spoke very fondly of this time living with her in-laws and maintained a very close relationship with them for the rest of their lives.

After Kenneth returned from the war, he received his degree and began a career in the aerospace industry. He and Jean began their trek between Colorado and Texas, a trek which would continue for 20+ years.

In 1954, Jean and Kenneth adopted Kim Driscole Robinson. Kim accompanied them on their many treks across the west and often referred to his parents as "fugitives from justice"!

After Kim left home, she and Kenneth partnered up with Kenneth's brother and his wife running the Bellaire Skating Rink in Bellaire (Houston), Texas. Jean became a savvy business woman and a world class popcorn popper, as well. Upon retirement they lived in Marble Falls and eventually settled in Temple, Tx, where Kenneth passed away in 1991.

After Kenneth's death, Jean moved to Austin to be close to Kim, his wife, Peggy and her three grandsons, Hal, Stephen and Michael. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She never hesitated to lend a hand and was generous and kind.

Jean is survived by her son, Kim Robinson, his wife, Peggy Neel Robinson, her three grandsons, Hal Carson, Stephen Robinson, and Michael Robinson, her nieces Brooke Driskill Meisner and Susan Driskill Krol and sister-in-law Glenda Driskill.

The family would like to thank Renaissance Assisted Living and Asera Care Hospice for their loving care and support.

"Jean was always very kind and I feel honored to have known her for so long. Even though I had known Jean for a long time, the staff of the Renaissance had..." Terri Short (Austin,, TX)

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