I feel compelled to add to the list of losses in 2011... dear cousin Robyn, my sister-in-law Virginia, and my "almost cousin" Robbi. Three more dear, sweet, fifty-something ladies lost very suddenly and quickly this year. That's five in the last year and a half... four of whom never touched a cigarette, to my knowledge. I miss them all, each in their own special way, and grieve for their families and friends.
Adding, of course, my own dear mother in August this year as well. Even though my mother's last years were so difficult, I do miss her terribly every day.
I often find myself about to stop for a visit, pick up the phone, or send a note to one or another... then stop. She's not there. Yes, I will always cherish and be thankful for the memories and fun and family ties we shared, but there will always be a raw, empty spot in my heart for each and every one.
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
-- Ecclesiastes 9:11
CLARK, Robyn Cyd, age 54, of Beavercreek, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, after a fiercely courageous battle against breast cancer. She was an inspiration, comfort and strength to many afflicted with this disease. Robyn was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Freeman and brother, Dennis Freeman. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Jeff Clark; mother, Anna Mae (Landrum) Freeman; sister and brother in-law, Michelle and Stuart Williams; nieces, Ashley and Melanie Neuner; father and mother-in-law, Marvin and Nancy Clark; sister and brother-in-law, Lori and James Dishman; nephews, Dillon and Devon Dishman; her favorite little girls, Keiaira and Ariana; her furry babies, Elvis, Priscilla, Rufus, and Samba; special friends Becky, Mary Kay and Lise; Noble Circle Sisters, NOLA Sisters; her friends in the chemo room, at Golden City Ballroom; at Lexis-Nexis and numerous other friends and family. Robyn was never happier than when she was dancing the Samba with her husband. She worked for Lexis-Nexis for 25 years where she was affectionately known as the Sales Meeting Diva. To read more about her love of life and her fight against cancer, please visit her blog at http://breastcancerdiva.wordpress.com/. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME - BEAVERCREEK CHAPEL, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall Rd. with Rev. Bill Youngkin officiating with interment to follow in Byron Cemetery, Fairborn, Ohio. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, July 10 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SICSA, 2600 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45419. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.
Published in Dayton Daily News on July 8, 2011
JACKSON - Robi Turner Holfeltz, 55, died Oct 10, 2011.
Service 11am Fri; visit 5pm Thu, Deaton Chapel.