Virginia Robin Adams Dickenson died June 6, 2012 in Colorado Springs. Robin passed away peacefully and painlessly in her home. She was born on a farm near Paris, Illinois on September 27, 1926 to Allyn Jefferson Adams and Mary Emaline Dodd Adams.
Robin was active in 4-H, church, and school music groups, winning state prizes in singing along with a singing scholarship to De Pauw University in Indiana. She attended De Pauw one and a half yeas then married her returning soldier, Donald Dwight Dickenson in 1946. She transferred to the University of Illinois where she was active in university music groups. Upon graduating from The College of Education, Robin was named “One in a Hundred” for her scholarship, activities and work in education.
Robin was a teacher of grades K-12 for 21 years in Illinois, Minnesota, California, and Colorado Springs. Following the moves with her husband to different schools to finish his scientific PhD, she was busy raising their four children, singing, and teaching. The Girl Scouts were also on the “to-do” list. One memorable year she was the cookie chair woman for all three girls’ troops (oops!). Many family camping trips and two big breeder dogs in the guide dogs for the blind program added more adventure to her already full life.
The Methodist Church gave her many opportunities to serve on committees, potluck dinners, Sunday school teaching, choirs, and quilting.
Robin and Don enjoyed many trips stateside and overseas, including Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and several trips to Europe. They enjoyed and supported operas and symphonies throughout the Western U.S. and had an extensive media collection.
During her retirement years, Robin was busy at the Fine Arts Center Museum Shop and as a Docent at the Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Association. While serving at these “two loves,” many long lasting friendships were made.
Robin and Don were married for nearly 66 years. She is survived by her husband and their four children: Susan Gay Dickenson of Yuba City, California; Ann Elizabeth Dickenson (Robert W.) Booth; Donald Curtis Dickenson, both of Colorado Springs; and Robin Lee Dickenson (James C.) Seydewitz of Kingwood, Texas. While working with children was a lifelong joy for Robin, her greatest joys were her eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The service to celebrate Robin’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 429 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to:
Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation
2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Hep C Connection
1325 South Colorado Boulevard, B-302
Denver, CO 80222
or to a charity of your choice.