Mina Alice Espey Robison


Mina Alice Espey Robison was born Jan. 31, 1921, to Chester Harrison Espey and Edna May (Gray) Espey, in Maryville (Nodaway County), Missouri. She died on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the age of 99 years and 10 months, at Rocky Mountain Care in Evanston.

Her education included graduating from Maryville High School and Northwest Missouri State Teacher College in Maryville, Missouri.

She is survived by two sons: Kenneth (Gerda) Robison of Yuma, Arizona, and Pinedale, Wyoming; and Wayne (Vickie) Robison of Henderson, North Carolina; 10 grandchildren: Lisa Marie (Michael) Euler, Eric Robison, Christopher (Lily) Robison, Susan (Joshua) Anderson, Julia (Thomas) Talley, Christina Robison, Michael (Alysha) Robison, Hope Robison, Sierra (Lane) Phipps and Daniel Robison.

She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren: Shane Euler (age 19), Jonah Anderson (age 11), Anna Anderson (age 9), Emma Robison (age 5), Luke Talley (age 2), Isaiah Robison (age 2), Aubrey Talley (age 4 months) and Felix Robison (age 2 months).

Mina is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Francis John Robison; and sons, Stephen Ray Robison and David Alan (Lisa) Robison; and grandson, Stephan Paul (Karrie) Robison.

Mina followed in her mother’s footsteps and graduated from the Northwest Missouri State Teacher College in 1941, and taught for two years. Mina and Francis were married in 1943. Mina and Francis left Maryville, Missouri, in 1955, when Francis had completed and gained a Master of Carpentry in trade school.

They realized they could provide better financial support for their four sons in Denver, where Francis helped build housing in the city of Thornton, and Mina was a substitute teacher. In 1959, Francis took over a commercial construction enterprise for commercial meatpacking accounts in north Denver, while Mina kept the books, including payroll accounts.

The boys grew and went off to university. Mina and Francis retired in 1975 and moved to Evanston. They began to spend winters in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1984, with summers in Evanston. They returned full-time to Wyoming in 2004. Francis passed in 2006, just six days before his 80th birthday.

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