May 13, 2014

Madeleine Robinson

January 12, 1922 - April 23, 2014

KEESEVILLE — Madeleine Neeland Robinson, 92, of Spring Street, Keeseville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 204, at her daughter's home in Elk Grove, Calif.

She was born in Alliance, Neb., Jan. 12, 1922, the daughter of Luther Hayes Neeland and Edith Arabella Jones. Madeleine was raised on a ranch in the panhandle of Nebraska. She attended a one-room schoolhouse near her father's ranch through eighth grade and graduated from Hemingford High School (Neb.) in 1938.

After graduating from Doane College in Crete, Neb., at the age of 20, she traveled alone to Schenectady, N.Y., to a job at General Electric. There she met and married W. Harold Robinson. Together they raised four children and served several churches in the former Troy Conference of the United Methodist Church. Harold and Madeleine celebrated 50 years of married life in 1998. Harold predeceased her.

Madeleine was a leader in many activities of the United Methodist churches she and her husband served. Until she suffered a stroke while visiting her family on the West Coast in 2010, she continued serving on local, district and Annual Conference levels of United Methodist Women and the Board of Global Ministries.

Madeleine was especially dedicated to mission and anti-hunger programs. She touched the lives of many children and youth by teaching Sunday school and running the church's youth programs. She volunteered her time and energies with a variety of community organizations including Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the North Country, League of Women Voters, Adult Literacy, and a local Food Co-op. Her legacy will live on in the lives of her children, grandchildren and the many people whose lives she touched. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her children, David Goodlife, Deborah Robinson, Edith Stone, and Peter Robinson; grandchildren, Etta Einschlag, Kirstin Waterman, Madeleine Stone, and Bernadette Robinson; and great-grandson, Jeremiah Figueroa.

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