Marjorie Wright Robbins, 87, Gering

Marjorie Wright Robbins, 87, of Gering, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Her memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Heritage Estates in Gering. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in her honor may be made in care of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) or to the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff.

Before moving to Heritage Estates in Gering in 2009, she had lived in Scottsbluff since 1968. Marjorie was born September 19, 1924 in Atwood, KS to Glenn and Bessie (Reeves) Wright. She attended the public schools in Atwood graduating from high school in 1942. She attended the University of Omaha for one year before transferring to the University of Kansas. In 1944, she married Arthur D. Robbins, a noted local artist, who preceded her in death in 2003 after 58 years of marriage. To this union were born three sons; Joe an Architect in Steamboat Springs, CO, Tom a designer in Hayward, CA and Dan a tennis pro. After moving to California in 1946, the family moved to Durango, CO in 1956 where Marjorie was a sixth grade teacher from 1959-1967. Prior to that time, Marjorie completed her B.A. in history in 1949 at the University of Kansas. She took courses for certification at Adams State College, Beloit College, and Colorado College. In 1967-1968, she completed an Psychology, Guidance and Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado.

The family then moved to Scottsbluff where Marjorie accepted a position as Associate Dean of Students at Hiram Scott College in Scottsbluff where she also served as Dean of Women from 1970-1972 when Hiram Scott College closed. After serving as a counselor at Scottsbluff Junior High for one year, she became the Area Coordinator of the Children's Program at the Scottsbluff County Panhandle Mental Health Center from 1973-1981. She continued at the center as Psychotherapist and Director of Outpatient Therapy from 1982 until her retirement in 1989. In 1989-1990, Marjorie was the Director of the Senior Bank Club (Primetime) at the Scottsbluff National Bank. She also continued private practice from 1989-1991 in psychotherapy.

Marjorie was honored by the Soroptimist club with the Women Helping Women award and the Women of Distinction award. She also received the White Windmill Award from the Panhandle Mental Health Center and the Liberty Bell Award from the Scotts Bluff County Bar Association, the first woman to receive this award. She served on the Head Start Advisory Board for ten years, on the board for the Day Care Center for four years, and on the Board of Directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for four years. She also led a grief group at the first United Methodist Church for four years and was a trainer for the AARP Widows Service. She was also a member of P.E.O., Chapter ET in Scottsbluff, a past president of P.E.O Chapter CS in Durango, CO and a member of A.A.U.W. She was a major contributor for the Scottsbluff Library renovation by donating a number of her late husband's paintings and watercolors.

Mrs. Robbins is survived by her three sons, Joe (Libby) Robbins of Steamboat Springs, CO, Tom (Yoon Mae) of Hayward, CA and Dan Robbins; grandchildren Annie B and Benjamin Robbins of Steamboat Springs, CO; brother Dr. Robert (Susan) Wright of Gainesville, FL; and sister in law Pat Wright of Oakley, KS.

Her parents, husband Arthur, and brother John Wright preceded her in death.

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