Our beautiful Southern Belle has completed her earthly duties and gone on to her ultimate reward. Bertha Lee Robinson of Antioch, (former resident of Rossmoor, Walnut Creek), born in Lake County, Tennessee on November 29, 1919, passed peacefully in Antioch, CA on June 25, 2020 at the age of 100 years, 6 months, and 27 days. Lee, as she was lovingly known to family and her many friends, married the love of her life, George F. Robinson in September 1944 in Hernando, Mississippi. The newlyweds became residents of Windover, Utah with the US Army Air Corps and the 509th Bombardment Group.
During subsequent decades Lee spent over 50 years in retail sales. She played a significant role in the opening of three J.C. Penney’s stores in the Walnut Creek and Concord area. She enjoyed exercise and was extremely proud of completing the 100-mile Sun Valley Mall Walk with fellow employees and friends. Ice Skating with her husband and cooking for the family were high on her list of accomplishments. Lee took pride in looking her best and drove herself to appointments of all types through the age of 95. It gave her a great deal of satisfaction to volunteer for 27 years at Kaiser, Martinez.
Lee and George joined the congregation at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hill as charter members in the 1950’s where Lee continued to attend.
Lee loved to travel and had been to Europe and the Caribbean with her husband George. She made trips to San Diego and the world-famous zoo, saw a live taping of the CBS program “The Talk” when one of her favorite stars, Debbie Reynolds, appeared. Trips to Hawaii, a cruise to Alaska, where she was the helicopter co-pilot and walked on the Mendenhall Glacier. She enjoyed trips to Oregon, road trips through North Carolina, where she cherished her stay at the Biltmore Estate. After a trip through the Great Smoky Mountains she visited family and friends in Tennessee and dined on catfish and hush puppies at her favorite restaurant Boyette’s, located on Reelfoot Lake. Additional Midwest trips included Central Missouri, particularly the Lake of the Ozarks, where she loved a chilled glass of White Zin while visiting with family.
Lee and George were married for nearly 48 years, before his death in 1992. Their union brought great happiness and fulfillment to Lee and produced three sons.
Lee is survived by her brother, H.B. Orr Jr. of Michigan, her three sons: George O. Robinson (Michele) of Antioch, Mark Robinson (Kathi) of Cool, and Mike Robinson of La Grande, Oregon, 7 Grandchildren: Brett Robinson of Brentwood, Boyd Robinson (Heidi) of Livermore, Sandi Robinson of Martinez, David Robinson (Heather) of Martinez, Leana Lloyd, Todd, and Lee Robinson of La Grande, Oregon and 15 great grandchildren: Alex and Sophia Robinson of Brentwood, Sarah, Maggie, and Bailey Robinson of Livermore, Gabriel and Nicholas Robinson of Martinez, Cynthia, Anthony, Tonya, Edda, Breanna, Quinton, Sienna, Urijah, of La Grande, Oregon and 2 great, great grandchildren of La Grande, Oregon.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents, H.B. and Cordie Orr, her sister Juanita Huffstutter, and her beloved husband George F. Robinson.
Private graveside services will be held at: Oakmont Memorial Park and Mortuary, 2099 Reliez Valley Rd. Lafayette, CA 94549 on July 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (925)935-3311. www.oakmontmortuary.com
Donations may be made to: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
In memory of Bertha Lee Robinson
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