Emma Lou Robinson

South Charleston, WV

Emma Lou Robinson

Emma Lou Robinson, a long-time resident of South Charleston, West Virginia, passed away at home on October 14, 2018, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.  She was 91.

Emma was born in Charleston on October 27, 1926, the daughter of Elmer and Sybil (Burgess) Legg.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, E. Glenn Robinson, and her son, Richard Robinson.

Emma attended Charleston public schools and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School.  She and Glenn were married in 1947, after which she worked as a legal secretary in Columbus, Ohio and Charleston, and as an assistant to Charleston Mayor John T. Copenhaver, before bravely taking on the task of four newly minted children over a five year period beginning in 1956.  Emma epitomized the best of her generation: smart and witty, tough but compassionate, taskmaster and helper, the very picture of style and grace, and a truly terrific wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, role model and friend.  She split much time between her South Charleston home of over 60 years and her mountain country home in Green Bank, and in between managed to travel the world.  She was an avid reader, loved getting dirty in the garden and while tending her roses, was passionate and talented in the kitchen, and took great joy in passing all those things along to future generations.

Emma is survived by her daughter, Martha Chandler, of South Charleston, son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Julie Robinson, of South Charleston; daughter, Ann Robinson, of South Charleston; brother, Dick Legg, of Jessup, Georgia; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Bill Webber of Nottingham, Pennsylvania; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Meredith Winn, of Richmond, Virginia; granddaughter, Jessica Robinson of South Charleston; grandson, Andy (Karen) Robinson, of Dallas, Texas, granddaughter, Laura (Matt) Schmidt, of Fort Mill, South Carolina; great grandsons, Joshua and Zayne Robinson, of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces.  She was blessed to have the love and companionship of her lifelong friend, Mary Hamilton, to the end.

Her family would like to thank the gifted teams from Visiting Angels and HospiceCare for the love and care they gave Emma, and for their support of the family, during this trying time.

A celebration of Emma’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, October 19, 2018 at Snodgrass Funeral Home with Rev. Sharon Gearing officiating.  Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Family and Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387, or First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston, 508 Second Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303.

Memories of Emma may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

5 replies
  1. Lisa Blythe says:

    I’m so grateful that I got to know Mrs Emma I’ve taken care of a lot of people but none touched and stole my hesrt the way she did she was a beautiful woman inside and out I will truly miss her Praying for all of y’all I wish I could come to the service but I’m working that day Love y’all

    Love Always
    Lisa Blythe

  2. Diana Richardson Dalton says:

    To the entire family of Emma Lou Robinson, my heartfelt prayers and love are with you. Mrs. Robinson was the one of the dearest persons I have ever known. She was a lifelong neighbor of my parents on Superior Avenue and I always enjoyed the chance to see her. I had the privilege of babysitting her four children when they were young and know how much she loved each one of you. She will truly be missed. May your wonderful memories of her always bring you comfort.

  3. Brenda (Richardson)Connell says:

    So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother! I remember babysitting all 4 Robinson kids many years ago in your lovely home!! Your mom was always so kind, friendly, and just a wonderful lady!

  4. Michelle Easton says:

    The faculty, staff, students and alumni of the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy express our deepest sympathy to the Robinson Family during this time of bereavement. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • Friday, October 19
  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Funeral Service

  • Friday, October 19
  • 2:00 pm