Margaret “Maggie” MacDowell Robinson was born 83 years ago in Detroit, Michigan; daughter of Malcolm and Eleanor, younger sister of Priscilla and Bob. She graduated from Eastern High where she studied art and was a member of the swim team. She was accepted at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art, but life circumstances precluded her attending. She subsequently attended art school in San Francisco, but ultimately returned to Detroit to work in her father’s mortgage business. It was there that she met the love of her life, her husband to be – Bill Robinson. They married within a year of their first date; daughter Nancy and son Bill were born a few years later. Maggie and Bill were avid bridge players and were active in community theatre as well as many other local and neighborhood social groups. Maggie also pursued a love of cooking and hand crafts. She took French cooking lessons years before Julia Child was popular and was an excellent seamstress, quilter and fabric artist. Maggie and Bill entertained frequently and were known for their generous hospitality. However, family remained at the core of their lives. Maggie was widowed at the young age of 49. but shortly thereafter gained a son-in-law, John and daughter-in-law, Martha. She continued participation in her beloved Ridgedale Players as a stalwart “behind the scenes” player, working on costumes and hospitality. She continued to develop her fabric art and enjoyed membership in several guilds. Grandchildren Bob, Jim, Becky and Ned were the ultimate jewels in her crown; she was so proud of each of them.
Everything was an adventure and fun for Maggie – from travel vacations to afternoon picnics; from dodging freighters in a canoe on the Detroit River with her brother to hiding frogs and snakes in her sisters dresser; from hosting a neighborhood “hard times” party when her husband lost his job to the little touches she added to make any occasion a celebration. Friends, family and those relationships were the ultimate adventure an fun for Maggie; even during these recent medically difficult years. She will be remembered for her generous soul and winning smile.
August 14, 2010
Carter Memorial United Methodist Church 800 Highland Ave.
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