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May 18, 1937—Sept. 26, 2015 Karen Anne Robinson passed away at Cumberland House Hospice in Crossville, TN, on Sept. 26, 2015, after a courageous four-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth (Webb) Milligan and Jack Milligan and firstborn child, Lisa Robinson. Karen was born in Detroit, MI, on May 18, 1937, and was married in East Lansing, MI, on Nov. 19, 1960. She is survived by her husband, Dean Robinson; daughters, Kelli (Tom) Cox of Asheville, NC, Lynn Jones of Kansas City, MO, and Kim Robinson of Davison, MI; grandchildren, Jacob and Jenna Cox, Amanda and Adam Argue, Abigail and Aaron Jones and Shelby, Jack and Dean Smith; great grandchildren, Benjamin Argue and John, Riley and Gavin Carpenter; brother, Rich (Cyndy) Milligan of Tucson, AZ, and sister-in-law Barbara (Gerald) Evans of Cheboygan, MI; and significant others, Adam Rhoades (fiancé of Amanda Argue), Dennis Martinez and Jacob Carpenter. Karen was raised in East Lansing, MI, and was a proud Spartan, having graduated from Michigan State University with both a bachelor’s and master's degree. She was elected to and served as president of the MSU Association of Women Students. Blessed with a beautiful marriage of over 54 years, Karen and Dean raised their family in Flint, MI. Her love of teaching included high school, college and corporate training. She also found a passion teaching senior citizens computer basics. She was active in the Fairfield Glades Ladies Club, and served as treasurer for two years. She also participated in the Neighbors and Newcomers Organization. She cherished her time with her “Mustard Seed” Women’s Group, and the various church activities at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. Karen loved to travel and play golf. She actively preserved her family memories in gorgeous scrapbooks. Karen was an encouragement to everyone she met. Her faith in Christ was the foundation of all that she did. Karen’s strength, work ethic and passion for life was passed down to her daughters by example and by the way she sacrificially gave of her time to encourage her daughters to pursue their areas of interest and involvement in extracurricular activities. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Tennessee Medical Center Gynecologic Oncology Gift Fund (www.utmedicalcenter.org/makeagift) or to Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. All are invited to attend a celebration of life service that will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, 231 Westchester Dr., Crossville, TN 38558. Family will receive visitors at a luncheon following the service. Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  September 30, 2015
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