Ms. Dora J. Robinson, age 81 of Cameron, NC, transitioned into eternal rest on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at her residence.
Your sunrise on earth began on April 15, 1940, in a little house in Sanford, NC when you became a blessing to Clara Bell Blue and James Eddie Blue, joining your older sibling Marlene Blue. At an early age, you understood your life’s calling—to live a life driven by purpose where compassion was commonplace and the activity of love and display of care for others was nothing short of the norm. You lived and attended school in Harlem, NY graduating from Julia Richmond High School. At the age of 16, you started as a co-op student at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and transitioned to a full-time position in the checking department upon graduation. You spent your entire corporate career with the Federal Reserve Bank, retiring after 38 years as the Assistant Chief of the Cash Department. You worked there so long I felt like I lived there. You taught me determination and to believe that anything is possible when you plan, hard work, and the most important part – pray! Every morning without complaint, I watched you make your journey from Teaneck, NJ to downtown Manhattan. Because of your diligence and commitment Mom, you will be remembered by the countless people and colleagues who experienced you at F.R.B and I will forever hold dear the lessons learned on integrity, audacity, and
sheer hard work. I will never forget your retirement party – one of many celebrations I witnessed you enjoy throughout your life. You understood the importance of celebrating the little things and did not miss a moment to celebrate the big thing as well. I remember you graduated from Saint Peter’s College with a degree in business management, the same week I graduated from high school. Now that was awesome. It took you six years part-time, but you never gave up. You even read the books with me in college so that we could talk about them. I have countless memories that confirm your devotion to family, friends, and most certainly me. We did everything together. Now you know we love to shop. I recall moments where we shopped until we dropped – literally at times. You were the strictest mom of all of my friends, I later understood this as one of your many forms of love. You wanted me to have the world and structure and guidance was how you shaped and shared that love. God did we have so much fun together. Anyone who knew you knew they would always get your authentic truth – like it or not. And we respected you for your honesty and continuously came back for more. I am sure as we all savor our memories of the times we spent with you, we will remember your laughter and the advice you shared with us on life, love, and happiness. It was your commitment to teaching, providing guidance and assistance to move others in the right direction that makes each of us better, stronger, and forever grateful.
You built your dream home in Cameron, NC, where you lived with your mother and joined Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where our family worshipped. And even helped manage renovations at
one point and did the church announcements for over 10 years – which you took very seriously. You always wanted to have the right lesson or a scripture people could take with them for the week. I see it now, forever committed to helping those around you. As I ventured to NC more frequently over the last 5 years, I would constantly run into people who recalled seeing you walking the land, picking up cones, planting flowers – always moving and doing. When we spoke daily, you would always ask what I was doing, and I had to have a productive answer. Doing “nothing” was not an acceptable response. I learned to appreciate your expression-filled eyes as your illness progressed – we all did. On a recent visit, I was sitting with you and realized we were not talking but you were with your eyes. I then understood the phrase ‘your eyes are a window to your soul’. During one of our last conversations, I thanked you for teaching me strength in all situations, resilience, poise and a ‘take charge attitude’. You taught me to listen to God’s voice first– that if it feels wrong it probably is. I asked you if you had any regrets, anything you would do differently, or life advice for me. And you replied, “I have said all I want and need to say. If you have not gotten my lessons by now, you are not
going to get them. “ You lived your life your way, entering your sunset on July 4th the same – at home near your own mother in the peacefulness of your slumber. So like you to leave us with the perfect holiday to celebrate your life for years to come. Thanks for the fireworks mom, they will never be the same to any of us. I know you are with aunt Marlene now, I am sure you all have lots to catch up on. Your work here is done. You will live on in the hearts and minds of each of us always – uniquely you. I love you mom and will carry you with me always,
Danielle aka ‘Poon’
We celebrate her life with you today and know that God’s peace will remain with us as we await the day when we are reunited with her, to experience the love and embrace, and the
truest testament of a life well-lived, as a daughter, mother, colleague, grandmother, and friend. Although she will be missed, we celebrate the welcoming home of an emotionally invested and purpose-driven woman of God. As Hebrews 4:9 states, “There remaineth a rest,” and we thank God for NAME NAME, and the powerful legacy her life authors among the
pages of our hearts.
To Him, she belongs, and to Him, she returns.
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