Ruth Ford Robbins, 92, affectionately known as “Rob Rob,” was born on Sept. 10, 1919 to the late John Pickney Ford and Verline McAlister Ford. She departed this life on April 8, 2012 at Union County Health and Rehab where she was tenderly attended by her family and the faithful medical staff.
She was a graduate of Tippah-Union High School. She worked as a practical nurse in the New Albany Hospital where she met her beloved Norman E. Robbins. They were married in 1939 and together they joyfully reared their three children, Norma Ruth, John and Mike.
She devoted her life to Christian homemaking. She led by example as she loved the Lord and the Methodist Church. She was especially admired for her remarkable talent as a seamstress. She enthusiastically supported the many activities of her family with the church, school and community. She cherished her role as a wife, mother and later as grandmother and great- grandmother. “Her children arise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31 :28
She faced life’s challenges with faith and courage. At age 52 she’ lost most of her sight and could no longer read, drive or sew. Two years later she faced her biggest challenge when her husband died. With the help of her Sovereign God, she was able to continue to live in the family home which she maintained until three years ago when she had a life-changing stroke. She was quick to tell you that in addition to John 3:16 her favorite Bible verse was 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
She is survived by her children, Norma Ruth (Judge Tom) Lee of Forest, John (Janice) Robbins of Germantown, Tenn., and Dr. Mike (Patty) Robbins of Jackson; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Lee (David) Maron and Stewart (Heather) Lee, both of Madison; Julie Robbins (Joel) Montgomery of Oxford and David (Meg) Robbins of Marietta, Ga; Dr. Kristin (Dr. David) Pritchard and Dr. Melissa Robbins of Memphis; and eleven great-grandchildren, Tom Lee, III, Mollie Lee, Steven Lee, Michael David Lee, Claudia Ruth Maron, John David Pritchard, Joel David Montgomery, Eliza Montgomery, Ford Robbins, Mim Robbins and Roe Robbins; one sister, Ann Ford Barkley of New Albany, and numerous dear nieces and nephews, including her wonderful doctor, Tommy Barkley, and special nieces, ,Grace Provence and Sandra McCollum.
She fondly called Charles Jeter her third son. Charles and his wife, Rosemary Jeter, and Martha and Jerl Jeter were caring friends and helpers for her.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norman Robbins in 1973, and her brothers, John Stephen Ford, William Clifford Ford, Walter B. “T Model” Ford and Dr. Ralph Ford.
Ruth Robbins’ family expresses heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Union County Health and Rehab, New Albany First Methodist and the many kind friends who have blessed her life with love and comfort.
Memorials may be made to Campus Crusade for Christ #0514891, P.O. Box 6286222, Orlando, Florida 32862-8222, or First United Methodist Church Youth Fund, Box 156, New Albany, MS 38652.
A service celebrating her life was held at 3 p.m., April 10, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in New Albany with visitation in Wesley Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Rev. Barry Male, Rev. Amanda Gordon and Rev. David Robbins will be officiating. After the service there will be a time of fellowship and remembrance in Wesley Hall.