June Robbins

Nov 27, 2017
June Robbins

Parchment, Mich. — June Robbins, 88, passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Butterfly Oasis in Parchment, Mich. She was born June 22, 1929, in Rockland, the daughter of Leslie and Virginia (Reardon) Barton.

June grew up in Maine and graduated from high school in 1947. On June 28, 1947, in Limestone, she married Donald Robbins. She moved to the Flint, Mich., area in 1950 and then to Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1965. June spent the next several years raising her eight children and doing thousands and thousands of loads of laundry.

She was very active with the Girl Scouts of America, starting with her oldest daughter and continuing through with her youngest daughter. She loved being an outdoor trainer and spent many weekends making memories at Camp Merrie-Woode with the girls. June had also spent a season as camp cook and then as a counselor. She was also camp director at Camp Bogstone in the Manistee National Forest.

June served as neighborhood chairman and district manager leader of the Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council. She even persuaded her husband to volunteer. After raising her children, she had worked in retail and had also worked for her daughter at Ice Cream Etc. in Kalamazoo. June had served as president of the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry for three years and more as a volunteer in the food bank. June loved birding and volunteered at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary as a guide. She enjoyed her yearly trip to Point Pelee in Canada with her family and friend Margaret Black to watch the seasonal bird migrations.

June enjoyed traveling and had visited all 48 continental states and collected patches for each one. She liked walking the Mackinac Bridge, with her last crossing during the 50th Anniversary. June was known by her family as the energizer bunny, going and going, always in a constant state of motion. She was early to rise, but not always so early to bed.

Surviving are her children, Jamie Wallace, Stacy Kiser, Lesley Robbins, Toby Spinner, Kelly Bates and Kerry Robbins; grandchildren Mike, Wendy, Jennie, Carl, Becky, Brian, Robert, Tia, Sharron, David, Tori, Miranda, Anthony, Heather, Autumn, Ashley, Katie and Kelsy; several great-grandchildren; and sister Connie Moore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons Donald Robbins Jr and Brian Robbins; grandson Matt; siblings Goldie Robinson and Tim Barton; and special friends Nyda and Ethel.

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends may visit with June’s family from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Winkel Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at St. Margaret Catholic Church with the Rev Fr Simon Manjooran officiating. Burial of ashes will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of June may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Ministry of Otsego. Messages of condolence may be posted at WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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