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Lottie Robinson

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Lottie Offett Robinson, eldest daughter of the late Morton J. and Lillie Offett, was born Sept. 1, 1911, and departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at the age of 100 years. 

Mrs. Robinson was educated in the public schools of Terre Haute, Ind., and received her Bachelor of Science, Master’s and a sixth year Rank I degree from Indiana State University. She taught two years in the Terre Haute school system and 36 years in the Elizabethtown City Schools before her retirement in 1982.

In 1932, she was married to John Vernon Robinson who became a teacher and principal in the Elizabethtown City Schools in 1935. To this union, two sons were born, John Vernon (Jeanie) Robinson Jr. and Franklin Garnett (Mabel) Robinson. 

At an early age, she joined Second Baptist Church in Terra Haute and began serving as the church organist at age 12. This and other church activities she continued until she moved to Elizabethtown with her husband John. There, she joined the First Baptist Church and many other community activities. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jolly Matrons Club, Better Homes Club and other civic organizations. She was author of “The Bond Washington Story” which documented the education of black people in Elizabethtown and Hardin County. Her play “Through the Years with First Baptist” also will be remembered.

Mrs. Robinson was loved by many for her bright, effervescent personality, her willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need and for her dedication to her profession. She was very talented in music and dance, and those talents were used to brighten many lives. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, one son and two grandchildren, Loren and Carol. 

She leaves to mourn her passing, one devoted son and daughter-in-law, Franklin and Mabel Robinson of Paw Paw, Mich.; three granddaughters, Deborah, Karen and Rhonda; three grandsons, Charles, John III and Curtis; nine great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. 

The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 29, at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. 

Percell and Sons Funeral Home in Elizabethtown handled local arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Borgess Hospice and Visiting Nurses.

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