We have lost a few beloved members the past few months. Their families recently sent us obituaries to share with the congregation.
Barbara Edith Robinson (née Schroeder) died peacefully at home on September 1 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 76. Barbara is survived by her husband, George Robinson; children, Natasha Warner (Keith Alcock), Tucson, and Nate Warner (Erika), Brighton MI; brother, Richard Schroeder (Jill), Grand Junction, CO; three grandchildren; and many close friends and family members.
Barbara was born in1944 in Washington, DC to Clarence (Buck) Schroeder and Lois Barber Schroeder. She graduated from DuVal High School in 1962, and from Iowa State University in 1966 with a Bachelors degree in English Education and in 1977 with a Masters degree in Family Environment. She married Jairus (Jay) Warner in 1966, and remained friends and an outstanding co-parent with him after their divorce in 1976. She married George Robinson in 1981. After obtaining her Masters degree, Barbara moved to Davenport, IA, where she worked first as Director of Homemaker's Services, and then worked for the rest of her career as Assistant Director and Interim Director of Community Health Care (CHC). At CHC she raised the funds to build a new building for the organization, and contributed to making healthcare accessible for many people of the Quad Cities. Her children remember her as a dedicated and gentle mother and a hardworking member of the community.
Outside of her work, Barb was accomplished at sewing and stained glass work, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also wrote and published children's fiction and non-fiction for several years. She worked tirelessly organizing both healthcare-related and church-related programs. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist church in the various cities she lived in, with her longest and most active membership at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, and most recent affiliations with Community UU of Brighton, MI, and the UU Church of Tucson, AZ.
A memorial service will be held when travel is safe after the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Health Care, Inc. at https://www.chcqca.org/donate-to-chc
. Condolences can be sent to George Robinson at 3465 E. Seneca St., Tucson, AZ 85716. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Casa de la Luz Hospice and all of Barbara's healthcare professionals for their care.
Carolyn (Cary) White
Carolyn Torrey White, 70, passed away on August 8, 2020 in Kino Bay, Mexico where she lived for the past two years with her beloved husband, Richard S. White, who is a retired vertebrate paleontologist and former Director of the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to moving to Mexico, Carolyn and Rich had made Tucson their home for 22 years.
Carolyn was born May 5, 1950 in Hartford, CT., the daughter of Norman E. Torrey and Nancy R. Torrey. She graduated from the Mary A. Burnham School, Northampton, MA. in 1968, Connecticut College, New London, CT. in 1972 and received her MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Carolyn's appreciation and passion for the Arts led her to work at Centennial House on Deer Isle with her mentor, Priscilla Merritt, as well as at Crate & Barrel in Cambridge, MA., and the Strong Gallery in Hartford, CT. Having lived and worked entirely in New England, Carolyn decided to expand her horizons by moving to Boulder, CO. She took a management position at a promising start-up company called Celestial Seasonings. After receiving her MBA, she specialized in procurement management; a strategic approach to optimizing organizational spending. As a management consultant in Atlanta, GA, her final two projects were at the Atlanta Zoo and Scientific Atlanta, a Fortune 500 company who manufactured cable television, telecommunications and broadband equipment.
Some of Carolyn's fondest memories were spending her summers on North Deer Isle at the Torrey homestead. She loved Deer Isle and the island community always had a special place in her heart.
With a talent and demonstrated expertise for Trivia, one of the highlights in Carolyn's life was appearing on the famed television show, Jeopardy! She victoriously earned her way to be a celebrated participant in the prestigious Tournament of Champions.
Carolyn is survived by her four sisters; Susan Torrey Perez and her husband, Peter of Deer Isle, ME., Catherine Torrey Washburn and her husband, Andrew of Deer Isle, ME., Joan Torrey Hollins and her husband Kane of Longmont, CO., Antoinette Torrey Montgomery and her husband Tyler of Ashburn, VA., and her brother, James Robinson Torrey and his wife Priscilla of Centerton, AK., and her ten nieces and nephews and seven great nieces and nephews."