The Times West Virginian

April 9, 2013

Mary Lou Robinson


Times West Virginian

— Mary Louise Arnett Robinson, 75, passed away Thursday (April 4, 2013) after a long battle with cancer.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mary Lou was predeceased by her parents, Jesse and Rose Arnett; and her brothers, Jesse “Butch” and John.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, N. David Robinson; her sons, Rob and Doug; her daughters-in-law, Deebe and Gayle; her grandchildren, David, Sarah, Katherine and Autumn; and her brother, Frank, and her sister, Rose Vandegrift.

Mary Lou was born in Fairmont, where she attended East Fairmont High School and earned a nursing degree from Fairmont General Hospital. As a teenager, she was active in the Civil Air Patrol and was the first woman in West Virginia history to fly a military fighter jet. Mary Lou served as a registered nurse in many different locations during her husband’s service in the Navy and afterward, including 10 years in Harrisburg, Pa. Mary Lou finished her nursing career as office manager of a large primary care practice in Arnold, Pa.

Mary Lou and Dave have been residents of Chesterfield County for 10 years. Mary Lou was a faithful member of Providence United Methodist Church and was active in many different charitable projects, including the Richmond homeless program. She was also a civilian volunteer with the Chesterfield County Police Department.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Providence United Methodist Church, South Providence Road, Richmond. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the church.