Helen Robinson

Helen Robinson

Helen Robinson, beloved mother, sister and grandmother, passed away on Feb. 6, 2014, at her home in Twisp, attended by her sister Sally and her son Steve.

Helen was born on Dec. 4, 1929, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Hinton and Blanche Weeks Cumming; she was the oldest of four children. She grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wis., where she graduated from high school in 1947. She attended Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago and worked as a nurse in California, Wisconsin and New York. When she was in her 50s, Helen went back to school and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alfred University in New York.

In 1957, Helen married Newton Robinson; the couple raised their three children in Alfred, N.Y. She later moved to Rochester, N.Y., and then to Doylestown, Penn., to be near her sisters. In 2007 Helen felt the irresistible pull of being near her first grandchild and moved to Twisp, braving the snow and cold of winter.

An active folk dancer, folk singer, and hiker for many years, Helen never shied away from adventure. She loved to travel and enjoyed taking trips with relatives and friends. She took horseback riding lessons and cross country skiing lessons in her 80s.

Helen was an avid reader and could often be found with a book. Known for her quiet nature and kind heart, she was always ready to help those in need. She enjoyed Italian food, especially pizza and lasagna. Helen particularly enjoyed the weekday lunches with her friends at the Senior Center.

When asked what her greatest joy was, Helen would reply without hesitation: “My granddaughters!” She loved playing games with them, reading to them, and watching them present dances and share their favorite things with her, and she was always supportive of their passions and activities.

Helen is survived by her sisters, Sally Thrane and Janet (Alex) Callan, of Doylestown, Penn.; her brother, Mike (Carol) Cumming, of Menomonie Falls, Wis.; her daughter, Thayer Robins, of Oakland, Calif.; and her son, Steve (Leigh Ann) Robinson, of Twisp; as well as her two beloved granddaughters, Meaghan and Juliana, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Lawrence Robinson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lookout Coalition, which supported Helen’s care. Lookout Coalition is a program of Room One: P.O. Box 222, Twisp, WA 98856.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church, 193 Old Twisp Highway, on Thursday (March 13) at 4 p.m. A service in Alfred, N.Y., will be later in the year. Arrangements by Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel.