Kay Etta (Woods) Robinson was born January 8th, 1949 in Conrad, Montana. She was the second of eight children born to Nicholas & Joyce (Henneman) Woods. Kay grew up and received her formal education in Conrad, where she graduated from high school in 1967. During her school years Kay served as a cheerleader and was honored to be voted the first “homecoming queen” as a junior.
Kay began attending beauty school in Billings, where she met her husband-to-be, Charles F. Robinson. They were married on August 20th, 1969 in Conrad in a special double-wedding ceremony with her sister, Kathy (& husband Tom). In the years that followed, Kay & Charlie lived in Outlook, Victor, Dutton, Big Sandy, Havre, Gildford, & Chinook, where Charlie pursued his teaching & coaching careers. Kay enjoyed her life as a homemaker and mother of two. In the early 1970’s she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Even though she suffered serious disabilities & pain, Kay always maintained a positive attitude, a great sense of humor, and a loyal Christian faith throughout the years.
Due to declining health in July of 2014, Kay was admitted to the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre for extended care. She wasn’t there long when she endured the loss of her faithful companion & caregiver, Charlie. They had been happily married for 44 years at the time of Charlie’s unexpected death on July 28th, 2014. Kay continued to live at the Havre nursing facility, where she died peacefully on the early morning of Monday (February 22nd, 2016). She was just 67 years old.
Kay was baptized as an infant and developed a strong spirituality. She loved going to church and was an active member of the Gildford Baptist Church and the Chinook Alliance Church during their time in those communities.
Kay enjoyed watching her children & grandchildren in all of their school & sporting events. She loved to attend basketball games at area high schools and Northern Montana College, and when she couldn’t attend, she always listened to the games on the radio. The Robinsons enjoyed camping and their many summer trips to Glacier Park. Kay was an excellent cook; her family will remember her delicious homemade rolls & cranberry salads. In her quiet time at home Kay enjoyed reading (mainly, newspapers & magazines) and watching television (especially, game shows & mysteries). She loved people and loved to socialize. Her kind, gentle soul will not be soon forgotten. This old saying fits Kay: “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”!
She was preceded in death not only by her husband & parents, but also by 3 sisters (Karen Huntsinger Moritz, Michelle Hauer, & Jonna Fuhringer) and 1 brother (Dean Woods).
Survivors include her 2 children, Shari Robinson (Shawn Burrington) of Havre and Randy Robinson of Roundup; 2 grandchildren, Grayson & Cortland Brenna of Havre; 2 sisters, Kathy Robinson (Tom) of Conrad and Nikki Lowe of Pocatello, ID; 1 brother, Mike Woods of Bigfork; and many nieces, nephews, & cousins.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 27th) at the Grace Chapel at Northern Montana Care Center in Havre. Ila McClenahan officiated and Eddie Fallo assisted. The congregation sang “Amazing Grace”, accompanied by pianist Judy Fallo. Eddie Fallo performed a vocal tribute, “It Is Well With My Soul”. Pallbearers wre Bill Mulvaney, Tom Robinson, Brett Huntsinger, & Shawn Burrington. Burial followed at the Highland Cemetery in Havre, where Pastor Eddie offered committal prayers. A reception was held at the NMCC Activities Room. Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester assisted the family with the necessary arrangements. Memorials may be offered to the MS Foundation or donor’s choice.Posted: by OverlieP