Jean Robbins

Jean S. Robbins, 101, of Aberdeen, died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at her home.

A graveside service will be held at Bethesda Cemetery Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m.

Jean was born Sept. 30, 1918, to Lena and John Singleton of Candor. After attending Women’s College in Greensboro, she completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Appalachian State University in Boone. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to Aberdeen and taught in the Aberdeen and Southern Pines schools for 30 years. She received her master’s degree from UNC-Charlotte in 1970. Jean’s great love and joy was working with children — her own and many others.

Jean married Joseph C. Robbins in June 1943, and they celebrated 63 years together before his death in 2006. They reared their four children in Aberdeen: Alice Howard, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Edith Glenn, of Edgewater, Md. who survive her and Martha Pierce and Joseph Robbins Jr., who predeceased her.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Lauren Marchetti Robbins; nieces, Marilyn Singleton Horton and Suzanne Singleton Gibson; and nephew, Frank S. Caldwell.

Church and community were important to Jean, and she showed this commitment to Page Memorial Methodist Church for more than 70 years by chairing most committees and teaching Sunday School and Bible School. At 101, Jean hosted a monthly Sunday School class for young church members.

As a community volunteer, Jean served as president of the Sandhills Book Club, the Aberdeen Garden Club and as a Brownie Scout leader. Jean and J.C. were recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the State of North Carolina for service and on Jean’s 100th birthday, the State Treasurer presented her with the first membership in the Long Lived Pine Society of N.C.

Jean was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and was one of the few surviving granddaughters of a Confederate veteran.

Jean often reflected on all the events she had lived through from the conclusion of World War I, Spanish Flu pandemic, ratification of the 19th amendment, the Great Depression, World War II and civil rights struggles. Throughout her life, she was keenly interested in the news of the day and the world around her. Jean loved talking about these events with her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Grace Fund of Page Memorial Church, P.O. Box 695, Aberdeen, NC 28315 or FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

The family would like to thank Jean’s caregivers, especially Nancy Keith, for the care and dedication they gave her.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines