Dorothy Mae Horine Robbins

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dorothy Mae Horine Robbins, 87, daughter of Ed and Belle (Frost) Horine, was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Columbus, Kan. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Butler, Mo. The family moved to a farm in Schell City, Mo., in October 1927.

Dorothy attended Schell City schools until halfway through her junior year of high school, when the family moved to Rich Hill. She graduated from Rich Hill High School with the class of 1944 and attended her 65th class reunion in May of 2009. After graduation, she entered the South East Kansas School of Nursing in Coffeyville, Kan. She received her pediatric training at the old Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

For a time Dorothy worked for Dr. McBee's Clinic in Rich Hill. Later, she attended classes at KU Medical Center and earned certification as a surgical technologist (C.S.T.). She worked at the Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Mo., from March 1963 until her retirement in January of 1989.

Dorothy accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 10 at the Schell City Baptist Church and was baptized in the Big Osage River. She joined the Rich Hill Presbyterian Church in 1947 and was a member there until the church merged with the United Methodist Church, where she remained a member and faithfully attended as long as her health allowed.

Dorothy was united in marriage Dec. 26, 1945, to Junior Clyde Robbins. To this union two daughters were born: Joyce Irene and Wanda Louise. After Junior became ill, Dorothy took very special care of him in their home for many years, until his passing on Jan. 24, 1995.

When her children were growing up, she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and Bible school, with with the P.T.A. and serving as a room mother for her children. She loved working with flowers and always had a big vegetable garden. She was always busy with sewing, crafts, painting, canning, and taking care of her family. Having all of her family home, just being together and loving one another meant more to her than anything else.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Junior; brothers, Howard, Harold, Charles, and George Horine; and sisters, Mary Rose Horine, Irene Riggins, and Margie Cotter. She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Black and husband, Jim, of Nevada, and Wanda Smith and husband, Cliff, of Butler, Mo.; one sister, Helen Marang of Green Acres, Wash. Also surviving are two brothers-in-law, Roy Robbins and wife, Terry, of Rich Hill, and Kenneth Robbins and wife, Hazel, of LaCygne, Kan.; and sister-in-law, Kathy Horine of Springfield, Ore. She is also survived by grandchildren, Stephen Robbins and wife, Jennifer, of Concordia, Kan., Aaron Smith of Overland Park, Kan., Brian Smith and wife, Jill, of Nevada, Jimmie Black of Haslet, Texas, and Andrea Douglas of Nevada; nine great-grandchildren, Bronson and Adison Smith, Tiffani Spurlock, Sarah Kibler-DeYoe, Nikole Underwood, Kalib, Jayden, and Kamryn Douglas, and Kinzley Black; four great-great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Izaak, Jason, and Connor. Also surviving are nieces, nephews; her friends of the Rich Hill Garden Club; her church family; and special friend, Mary Kithcart.

Funeral services will be held at at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Heuser Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery of Rich Hill.

Contributions may be made to the Rich Hill Memorial Library, Friends of Green Lawn Cemetery in Rich Hill, or to Heartland Hospice in Butler, Mo.