Mary Josephine “Jody” Robinson, born on May 26, 1940, was called home to her Father in Heaven on Sunday, March 29, 2020. She was born to James and Helen Burke in Indianapolis, Indiana. Left to carry on Jody’s passionate love for her family are her husband Tom, and children Tom II married to Sandy, Laurie married to Dan, Monica married to Chris, Brian married to Mandee, Cyndie married to Joel, and Mandie married to Nate. Jody’s tenderness and kindness will be continued on through her 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Jody was married on October 26, 1959 to Thomas Eugene Robinson and they were blessed to celebrate over 59 years together. They were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on September 7, 1966. She loved her husband with all her heart. Tom and Jody raised their family in Indianapolis, Indiana until 1979 when they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She led a happy life filled with family activities, friends, church involvement, painting, sewing, and cooking an amazing Sunday dinner.
Our mother was a homemaker who cared deeply for her children. She was always there when we returned home from school to watch over homework, share our moments of excitement, and comfort us during times of sadness. Mom never missed a ballgame, music performance, or graduation, and she never ever missed a gymnastic meet.
Her favorite time of year to spoil her children was Christmas. She made sure we all had gifts under the tree and a full socking near our cardboard fireplace. On Christmas morning she always made her famous cinnamon rolls and later that night a delicious Christmas dinner. She made the best Christmas candy, peanut brittle, toffee, and Santa cookies in the world.
Because of who she was, she was always the first to offer help. She regularly brought meals and assistance to the sick and those in need. She always made sure every child who crossed her threshold was safe and happy. All of our friends treated her as a second mom and many actually called her mom.
Her love and tenderness will be missed. We love you mom and can’t wait to reunite with you as a celestial family.
Jody will be honored on July 11, 2020 (because of the coronavirus) at Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ, on the Kiva Memorial Walk.
Sorry for you loss. Sorry for the circumstances that prevented her being surrounded by those she loved. Time will heal the emptiness in your hearts. You will be together again and enjoy the love and compassion of a sweet mother.