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Helen Robinson

Helen B. Robinson

Thursday, November 6th, 1930 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Helen Batten Robinson passed away peacefully on Monday, January 13 at her home in the Taylor Community. Helen succumbed to cancer in the end, but her family is grateful that she passed with little pain or suffering. Her last weeks were filled with love from her family and many friends, as she was able to enjoy her last days among them.

Helen was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 6, 1930 and enjoyed 89 long years, full of life. She spent her youth on the East Coast following her dad as he interviewed campers for Camp Wulamat on Newfound Lake, New Hampshire. Her high school years were spent living with a friend in Long Island in order to attend a local high school there.

Helen earned her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College, graduating in 1953 with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Physical Education. She settled in Greenwich, Connecticut, marrying veterinarian Dr. John Robinson in 1954. Life was full raising four sons and spending summer in New Hampshire assisting her mother in running Camp. Helen loved her neighborhood in Riverside Acres. She often entertained, hosting school picnics, annual Christmas Soup parties, and Boy Scouts meetings. On top of this, she kept track of the family’s many pets - let alone her four sons!

Helen was active in her community as part of the Presbyterian church, Junior Women’s Club, Audubon and YWCA leadership for many years. She lived in Connecticut for 3 decades before moving north to Meredith, New Hampshire.

Life in New Hampshire was busy as ever a Helen took over management of Camp from her mother which she then continued for nearly 40 years. The United Church of Christ was central to the Robinson’s many years in Meredith. Helen took the lead on forming the NH Traumatic Brian Injury Association support network as her 3rd son Andrew, was traumatically bran injured in an auto accident in the late 70s. In Meredith, Altrusa International, the Circle Program and the Squam Lake Science Center received a substantial amount of her boundless energy volunteering with each for decades well into her eighties.

Summers were spent in Newfound Lake at Camp Wulamat with the campers she considered her extended family. The camp had been converted to a family camp in 1941, so the Camp now welcomes the fourth generation of many families which continue to return each summer. Monday night dances, Wednesday bingo and Friday campfires were traditions at Camp that Helen cherished. An active conservationist who loved the outdoors and especially her lake, Helen was a long time supporter of the Newfound Lake Regional Association.

Helen and her husband Jack traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad to satisfy her endless curiosity about other peoples and cultures. Her adventuring took her to far off lands such as Ireland, Greece, Africa, India and Belize.

Helen is survived by her sons, John William Robinson, Junior and his wife Monica Greenleaf of Portsmouth; James Baldwin Robinson and his wife Elizabeth Robinson of Weybridge, Vermont and her daughter in-law, Mary Lou Robinson of Lyme. She was predeceased by her husband John William Robinson Sr., and her sons Colin William Robinson of Lyme and Andrew Duncan Robinson of Meredith. Helen will be missed by her 6 grandchildren: Brianna, Kate, Galen, Erin, Hadley, and Emily; as well as her 2 great grandchildren Alden and Reed.

Two celebrations of her life planned; Saturday January 25th at 1:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Meredith, NH and at Camp Wulamat over Memorial Day Weekend.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    First Congregational Church of Meredith
    Address
    4 Highland Street
    Meredith, NH 03253
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  • Interment

    Location
    NH Veteran's Cemetery
    Address
    110 Daniel Webster Highway
    Boscawen, NH 03303
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Rita Krupa

Posted at 05:32pm
Helen and I shared these past 2 years at Taylor Community as her PT. She was a pleasure to work with and loved to have later in the day appointments so we could chat and share stories of our families afterwards! She absolutely loved seeing pictures of Dorito, my Grandpup, and last sept she welcomed him at the lake where he experienced swimming for the first time! I also have had the honor of laying a wreath for the past 2 yrs by Edward and Andrew Robinson at the NH Veterans Cemetery at the annual Blue Star Mother event each December, which made Helen very happy. Thank you for sharing your Mother, your Grandma, your friend Helen. I will miss her dearly.
JC

Janet Cocchiaro

Posted at 09:46am
Helen was always a welcome light in our lives. Rich enjoyed many hours of yoga with her. Helen was Janet's introduction to the Circle Program which has remained an important part of our life. She will continue to live in our hearts.
Heartfelt condolences from
Rich and Janet Cocchiaro
TF

The Kuchar family

Posted at 07:32pm
In loving memory of Helen Robinson whose light shone so brightly and whose example of selfless giving inspired so many to do likewise. God bless
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Kathie Middlemiss

Posted at 06:42am
Mrs. Robinson meant so much to so many of us. Camp will always feel like home to me. Helen had a way of seeing who you were and embracing that in such a way that you felt valued. She was an amazing woman and I will carry her memory in my heart always. Kathie and the Middlemiss family - Providence, RI.
RJ

Rob & Joey

Posted at 04:16pm
With deep sympathy for your loss
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