Betty I. Robinson ‘Elizabeth Ann’ died Sept.17, 2019, at The Cedars in McPherson. She was born April 29, 1928, in New Haven, Connecticut, while her missionary parents were on furlough from China. Betty lived in China during the early years of her life.
Following her graduation from McPherson High School in 1946, Betty attended McPherson College and then entered Nurses Training at Wesley Hospital in Wichita. She also received certification in clinical pathology and worked for Dr.’s Lettner and Hinshaw. Betty later worked for the Hutchinson Recreation Commission and Leisure Arts Center, teaching classes in many forms of art and crafts. She worked at Dillon Nature Center before her retirement.
Betty was devoted to her son Tom, always seeking out opportunities for his growth and development, participating in and encouraging his interests. She offered her support and help to many of Tom’s friends and went beyond the expected to provide for them as well. Their home was a welcoming place and refuge for those who needed care.
Betty was an active member of the Community Church of the Brethren in Hutchinson. She was gifted in music and the arts. Betty shared those gifts generously with the church and others. She had a beautiful soprano voice and often sang solos for worship and special occasions. Betty led church choirs, congregational music and was always involved when her musical gifts were needed. She shared her creative gifts in the creation of beautiful stained glass windows for the church sanctuary. Betty sewed costumes and choir robes for the many religious dramas produced at the church. She served as church historian for years and also produced the church directory for many years.
Betty was a leader for Church Women United and was a passionate supporter of Mother toMother Ministries. She gave freely of her time to those things which she believed would help to make the world a better place. Betty lived a life of service, serving out of a deep love for God.
She married Paul Robinson in 1950 in Wichita at the Church of the Brethren. They made their home near Fowler and later in Hutchinson, where they lived for many years.
Betty is survived by: son, Thomas and wife Sarah of Hutchinson; sister, Esther and husband Dean Cotton of McPherson; sister-in-law, Leona Dell Ikenberry of California; four nephews; one niece; and cousins. She was preceded in death by: parents, Ernest and Oliva Ikenberry; brother, Ernest; sister, Olivia Susan Wilson; and infant sister, Grace.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Community Church of the Brethren, 16th Avenue and Severance, Hutchinson, with Judson Hornbaker officiating. Private interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may sign her memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from now until service time at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church or Hutchinson Recreation Commission for Dillon Nature Center, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.