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May 7, 1921 ~ November 12, 2023 (age 102) 102 Years Old
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Thelma Robbins, 102, passed away on November 12, 2023, at Samaritan Summit Village, her home since 2019.
She was born on May 7, 1921, in Glen Park, NY, daughter of Glenn and Mildred (Van Horn) Thomas. After graduating from Brownville Glen Park High School, Thelma pursued her calling in nursing at the House of the Good Samaritan, becoming a registered nurse. She started her career at House of the Good Samaritan, and later at Lafargeville High School and General Brown High School as a school nurse. She then worked for Jefferson County Public Health for 20 years, retiring in 1982.
On October 19, 1946, Thelma married Basil J. Robbins at the Asbury Chapel. They made their home in Brownville before moving to Dexter, where they shared most of their married life. Basil worked as a production manager at Boise Cascade in Brownville, he passed in 1996.
Thelma is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail A. and Chris G. Brown of Dexter, NY; four grandchildren, Brian and Allison Robbins of Ontario, NY, Tracie K. Robbins of Canandaigua, NY, David M. and Rebecca Brown of New Canaan, CT, and Holly A. and Denis Wright-Mower of Syracuse, NY; and four great-grandchildren, Abigail, Emery, Reagan, and Beckett.
Besides her parents, Thelma was predeceased by her beloved husband, Basil Robbins, her son, Stephen T. Robbins, and her brother, Dr. Robert G. Thomas.
She was a dedicated member of the Dexter Methodist Church and the Local Tops. Thelma enjoyed her days on the golf course at the Rustic Golf Course, painting, doing puzzles, going to her “golden girl luncheons”. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home, and a private burial will take place at the convenience of the family in the Dexter Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the SPCA in Thelma’s memory. Online condolences may be left at www.dexterfuneralhome.com.
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