Mary E. Robbins, 84

Schoolteacher

May 01, 2007

Mary E. Robbins, a retired schoolteacher and longtime Westminster resident, died of a bone marrow disorder Saturday at Carroll Hospice. She was 84.

Mary Elizabeth Engle was born in Adwolfe, Va., and raised in Frederick. She was a 1940 graduate of Frederick High School, and earned her bachelor's degree four years later from Hood College.

She taught in Carroll County public schools before joining the faculty of Franklin High School and Franklin Junior High, where she taught math for many years. She retired in 1975.

She was a member of the Hillsdale Homemakers Club, Medford Grange and the Door to Virtue lodge of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was active for many years with the Boy Scouts and had been awarded the organization's Order of Merit and Silver Beaver Award.

Mrs. Robbins lived for 60 years in Westminster, where she was a member of St. John's Leister's Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed cross-stitching and collecting stuffed animals.

Her husband of 51 years, Terry Edwin Robbins, a jeweler and clockmaker, died in 1998.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are four sons, David G. Robbins, J. Michael Robbins and Robert E. Robbins, all of Westminster, and Joseph W. Robbins of Frederick; a foster sister, Ruth Dorricott of Ocala, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

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