Eleanor W. Robinson, 90, Garrison, N.D., died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Garrison Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be June 25 at 10 a.m. at First Congregational-United Church of Christ in Garrison. A graveside service will be held later at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, Calif.
Eleanor was born July 7, 1921, in Waterbury, Conn., to Frederick B. and Hazel (Fogg) Webster. She graduated in 1942 from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., majoring in physics. Following her schooling, she went to work for the U.S. Navy Department in Washington D.C., where she met an electrical engineer, W. (William) Laidman Robinson. They were married April 26, 1943, in Silver Springs, Md.
After the war they moved to Garrison and later to Tarzana, Calif., where they built a home. They had three children. The family spent their winters in Tarzana and summers in Garrison, where Laidman farmed. Each spring when the school year ended, Eleanor would drive the three children from California to North Dakota for the summer at a cabin on Lake Sakakawea and then back in time for school starting in September. Laidman would follow when harvest was done. She continued this yearly pilgrimage well into her 80s until she came to live year-round in Garrison.
In her early life Eleanor was involved in AAUW American Association of University Women, and sang in the choir at Woodland Hills Community Church. She spent 35 years volunteering at the Tarzana Elementary School library. In 1995 the school honored and surprised her by renaming the library the "Eleanor W. Robinson Library." She also donated her time during the summers to the Garrison Public Library.
Eleanor was a passionate genealogist and proud of her ancestors, who included pilgrims on the Mayflower. She helped many friends and relatives with their own family histories and spent countless hours at the genealogy library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoyed traveling, trying new foods, reading, listening to music and time with her family, and of course, her cats.
Eleanor is survived by: her children, Chuck Robinson, Houston, Texas; Jim (Cyndy) Robinson, Garrison, N.D.; Caroline (Bob) Brooks, Grants Pass, Ore.; and grandchildren: Suzanna Robinson, Will Robinson, Kristine (Matt) Fertel and Karin Brooks; and two great-granddaughters: Hayley and Rebekah.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Jean Webster; and brother, Buell Webster.
Memorials may be given to the Garrison Public Library.
(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)