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In Memory

Mary Jo Steinhour (Robinson) - Class Of 1954


Mary 'Jody' Robinson

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Mary 'Jody' Robinson


Aug. 16, 1936 - Feb. 16, 2016


GIBBON, Neb. -- Mary "Jody" Robinson, age 79, formerly of McCook, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at her son's home in Gibbon, Nebraska, surrounded by her family.

Jody was born on Aug. 16, 1936, to parents, Arley Rhea and Lucinda Marie (Ewing) Daley Steinhour. She was raised in McCook by her grandparents, William Ceceil and Ollie Mae Steinhour. She graduated from McCook High School in 1954. That same year she married her husband, Ronald Robinson, of Wellfleet, at the McCook Methodist Church. They lived most of their married life between McCook and North Platte, Nebraska. To this union three sons were born Ronald, Jimmy and David.

Jody started working in high school and was a hardworking, dedicated woman ever year until the decline of her health. She worked for Mac's Drive-In in McCook and Sears and Schwezer's in North Platte. She and her husband were owners and operators of Valley Sewing Center in North Platte for several years. She successfully sold Tupperware. Mary drove the school bus for Maywood School District for many years. She cleaned houses. She and her husband owned a number of rental properties in Maywood and Curtis. She was employed by Sunset Haven Nursing home in Curtis as a dietary aide until the decision to close the facility led to her termination.

She was as outspoken as she was compassionate. She cared for several relatives and friends at their end of their lives. She helped raise five brothers and sisters as well as nieces and nephews in her younger years and three grandchildren in her later years. At age 26, she took on the task of raising 10 children under the age of ten while working fulltime. Being passionate about her family, she traveled the world on a minimal budget by bus, train or plane. She loved to take the road less traveled and take the 'scenic route.' She never found a thrift store or garage sale that she didn't like. She came to see each new born grandchild, attending the births when possible. She loved music and especially singing. She taught many children one of her favorite songs, 'You Are My Sunshine.' One of her favorite sayings was, "Speak in haste. Repent in leisure."

Throughout her life, she remained as active as possible in her church and community. She was a member of the Eagles Women's Auxiliary of North Platte. She loved to bowl and did so on various leagues in North Platte and Curtis. Playing cards and scrabble were favorite pastimes. When she moved to Gibbon in 2009, to live with her son, Ron and his wife, Sandy, she joined the Gibbon Garden Gals where she was secretary in 2010. She was also a member of the Gibbon Gabby Red Hatters from 2009 to 2014. She also enjoyed many hours of friendship at the Gibbon/Shelton Senior Center for lunches and card games.

From a complex family comes a complex life. She met many hundreds of people from around the world through her attendance to annual holy days such as the Feast of Tabernacles while attending the Worldwide Church of God. Many became lifelong friends. She has long anticipated the return of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She long ago accepted Christ as her Savior.

She was preceded in death by her grandparent's and parents; her husband, Ron, Sr.; her youngest son, David; her brothers, Ronald D. Steinhour, Sr., Kevin Henny, Kelly Mortensen, and Kenny Henny; and her sister, Sharon Steinhour.

Survivors include her oldest sons and their wives, Ronald H. Jr. and Sandy (Noschka) of Gibbon, Jimmy Lee and Fely (Dillera) of East Wenatchee, Washington; 12 grandchildren (Crystal (Stephen) Watry, Christopher (Ann Marie) Blakely, Amanda (James) Scott Jones, Jason Robinson, Jeremy Robinson, Laura Robinson, Ryan (Cassie) Robinson, Eric Robinson, Amy Robinson, and one adopted out at birth; seven great-grandchildren (Robert Joseph Watry, Jack Robinson, Hunter James Robinson, Jayce Robinson, Genna Blakely, Ellie Blakely and Tim Blakely); her brothers, Arley Steinhour of Bartley, Nebraska, Jack (Norma) Steinhour of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Richard Steinhour, Colorado, and Nathan Steinhour Oakes, Independence, Oregon; her sisters, Joyce (Duane) Walsh, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Patricia Rhea (George) Kaughman, Gering, Nebraska, Linda Gerdes, Oregon, Rosalie Steinhour, Oregon, Colleen (Mike) Williams, Kennewick, Washington, Kathy (Randy) Kersey, McCook, Nebraska, and Becky Breese, Dallas, Oregon. She is also survived by more than 30 nieces and nephews and their offspring. 

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to a local charity or food pantry in your area.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook. Family will receive guests 5 to 7 p.m. Friends may go online at www.herrmannfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 1 p.m. at Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel, McCook, Nebraska, with Rev. Richard Karr officiating. Burial will follow approximately 3 p.m. at the Wellfleet Cemetery, where she will await the return of Jesus Christ. There will be a meet and greet in McCook following the graveside service.

Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

My Sisters
By Arley Steinhour 021616

It is, with tears
in eyes, of Joy, and Pain,
Upon my cheeks, they flow like
Today, at Central
time, zero six, thirty-five,
My elder Sister,
was no more mortal, but ‘Alive.’

She passed to
Jesus, for her Welcoming-Hug,
All pain, and
suffering from her back, she’ll shrug,
He has taken away,
her tears, and pain,
Never again, will
she know that Stain.

Her heart refused,
to hold till the end,
As Jesus, came
early, for His Bride, and Friend,
She now knows, the
Warmth and Love, He Gives,
Through His Grace,
and Salvation, she truly Lives.

My heart, is
weeping for her loss and gain,
Though Tears
continue to fall, like a soft Spring-Rain,
Follow her lead,
turn your heart to Jesus, our God,
The Choice is
yours, to Eternal, Bliss, or the Rod.

Those who have
known, my Elder Sister,
Enjoyed what she
gave, to make life Richer,
A life of sharing,
especially her children,
Three of her own,
plus for a time, add Seven.

Her Faith in God,
was ‘Priestly Strong,’
All would be wise,
to ‘Tag Along,’
May we all, on
Arrival, sing God a Song,
Of Praise, and
Worship, Absolved of ‘Wrong.’


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