Mary L. Robinson 1925-2021
BOARDMAN — Mary Louise Percival Robinson, RN, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
Mary Lou was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of D. Earl Percival Sr. and Hannah C. Platts Percival. She was affectionately known as Mary Lou. She was a proud 1943 graduate of the Rayen School. She received her Registered Nursing degree from The Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.
After receiving her RN, she worked at South Side Hospital as a staff nurse, Mazda Lamp as an industrial nurse and North Side Hospital, retiring as a head nurse. She also served on the U.S. Army Cadet Corp for three years. She was a member of the Youngstown Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.
Mary Lou was married to Attorney Henry C. Robinson on May 28, 1949, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. They were married for 62 years until Henry’s death in 2011.
She was a life member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she served on the vestry and served for many years as the Directress of the St. Faith’s Altar Guild. While a member of St. John’s, she received the distinguished Vestry Cross and the Boar’s Head Award.
Mary Lou was an outstanding golfer and bowler. She was a charter member of the Mill Creek Ladies Golf League and belonged to the Trevlac Golf League and several bowling leagues. Her other memberships included the Colony Club Dance Club, the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club, The Youngstown Club, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Kiwanis Queens of the Downtown Kiwanis, and several bridge clubs. Henry and Mary Lou drove their 1931 Model A Ford as a member of the Mahoning County Olde Car Club.
Mary Lou and Henry began snow skiing in the early 1950s when skiing was a risky sport. Many weekends, during the winters, were spent skiing with friends and family in western New York.
Mary Lou and Henry traveled through the Panama Canal, Japan, Spain and England. For their 50th wedding anniversary, they and their family went on an Alaskan cruise. In 1971, they spent time in Hong Kong as guests of Governor Sir David Trench and Lady Margaret Trench.
She leaves her son, Kenneth C. Robinson and his wife, Renae, of Bentonville, Ark.; three grandchildren, Bradley (Kara), Kristen Nichols, RN (Mathias) and Brian (Betsy, RN); and three great- grandchildren, Athan, Aubrey and Julia. The grandchildren have lovingly called her Gramma Lou.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, David E. Percival Jr. and Henry S. Percival.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman.
A graveside service will be held with family, with a memorial service to follow later this year, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
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