Frances Alice Robinson
Frances Alice Robinson, a courageous and tenacious woman, died Dec. 19, in Escondido, at the age of 87.
She was born in Larimore, N.D. on June 7, 1925 to Melvin Runyan and Marietta Botham Runyan, and had two brothers, Robert Runyan and Al Runyan.
She met Paul Robinson, a widower with five children, in 1949. At the time, she was divorced with one child. The two fell in love and married one year later. Not every 24-year-old would take on the responsibility of raising six children, but she could never be described as ordinary. She and Paul went on to have two more daughters - for a total of eight children.
A skilled nurse, she began working as an LPN in 1960 and became an RN in 1972. She worked for 30 years until she turned 65 and retired in 1990.
Upon retirement, she and her husband traveled throughout North America, visiting Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Panama Canal and Costa Rica. She and Paul were married 42 years until his passing in January, 1992. In her later years, she traveled with friends to Europe, vising Ireland, England and Italy.
She was also a talented seamstress, who sewed a wedding gown for her daughter and clothing for her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her brother Al, sons John Robinson and Edward Robinson; daughters Elizabeth Diedrichsen, Catherine Curtis, Barbara Robinson and Nancy Robinson; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her brother Robert, her daughters Patricia Robinson and Joan Moore, and two grandchildren.
The memorial service will take place Jan. 4 at the Salvation Army Church in Escondido at 11a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Salvation Army, where Frances attended church.