Virginia Robbins was born in Crescent City, Florida where she spent her early years. She graduated from Crescent City High School in 1940. From there she attended a business school in Daytona Beach Florida where she earned her certificate. She worked for Daytona Beach Boat Works which had a contract with the US government to build Subchasers. Most of her work was with the engineers. She rode her bicycle to work and pedaled across the bridge spanning the Halifax river every day. Eventually Virginia got a job with Florida Industrial Commission in Tallahassee and her employers at the boat works had her bike crated and shipped to her in Tallahassee.
During the war Virginia was a member of the Victorettes of Tallahassee that helped entertain the troops when they were on leave. She met LG Smith and they married and had three children, Karen, Larry, and Ivy. She raised her three children on her own, working as Administrative Assistant to the director of the Florida Securities Commission in Tallahassee. LG Smith was one of 9 children and Virginia was the last surviving member of her generation in the Smith clan.
She was passionate in her faith and active in her church wherever she lived. Virginia found her soulmate in Tom Robbins, who was the Superintendent of Crystal River State Park, and she moved there with him and his son, Nick, after her children were grown and married. She enjoyed this new adventure sailing in the gulf, paddling the rivers, observing the wildlife around, and writing about her experiences. These were some of the happiest times of her life.
When her husband died she joined her daughters in Atlanta, Georgia and became a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church meeting and communing with many new friends. She had many interests and talents, some of which were playing piano, learning the art of tatting, weaving baskets, writing stories, photography, and studying the Bible. Virginia also loved observing nature and loved the beach.
In her late 80’s her daughters encouraged her to move to North Carolina. She came for a visit and never went back, but settled in Hayesville near daughter Ivy Hogsed, who is a nurse and has monitored Virginia’s health since, allowing her to live independently in her own home. She loved the mountains, the views, the lake and the life of a small town, meeting friendly people and again making new friends.
She was a gentle soul and loved by many.
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