Born July 2, 1928 to Floyd O. Smith and Lucille (Smith) Stump, Elaine V. (Smith) Robinson was a generous, strong-willed, virtuous wife and mother of 5. Elaine has left the world in the peace and comfort of her nursing home at Rose Lane. Although she will be missed, it is a relief to know she lived a life that was pleasing to God and can live in everlasting peace.
She had found her other half, Jack B Robinson, and married him in 1949. Together they raised 5 children and the family has grown to 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Her children are Michael (Andrea) Robinson of New Franklin, Kathy (David) Leffler of Massillon, Tod (Beverly) Robinson of Massillon, Sally (Tom) Balizet of Massillon, and predeceased by daughter Lynette (David) Pahler.
Reflecting back, her life impacted many and her accomplishments still live on today. After graduating from Washington High School in 1946, Elaine quickly found a job as a switchboard operator for a local convenience store. After having all 5 of her children, she returned back to Washington High School as the Principal’s Secretary for 25 years. The students respected her and all the teachers adored her. They understood that Elaine could get things done and done efficiently.
She never wasted an empty second but always had something to do. Her hobbies included sewing and crocheting, gardening in her front lawn, supporting her husband in his craftsmanship, and fixing things around the house. One of her strongest qualities included work. Along with it, she was a generous woman, always having families stay at the house and sacrificing her time for others.
Fondly regarded as “quite the lady” by her husband, Elaine supported him in all his endeavors. She became popular at his craft shows and was always a great help in whatever needed done. She was the behind the scenes woman and salesman of Jack’s business, American Country Reproductions. She was undoubtedly loved by all. Her husband has described her as a beautiful composer of thought and talented writer. Her writing can be seen in the pamphlets titled “In the Beginning” about Calvary Chapel’s history, which remain in the pews today.
Early on, when all 5 kids were born, she taught Sunday School at Newman Baptist Church and even picked up local kids to join them. She kept Christ centered in her life and wanted her children to do the same. So, she raised them with her Christian morals and was always a part of the church. She has been credited as the founder of Calvary Chapel and rightly so. Her idea to start up a Bible study from her own house led to the build-up of a whole new church. The church is now located in Massillon, Ohio and lives on with her memory.
Once she was admitted into Rose Lane, Jack found comfort in his Sunday afternoon visits to see Elaine. She was always excited by Jack’s delivery of an ice-cream cone and the occasional chocolates. Although her brain injury had prevented her from speaking properly, they shared a love for reminiscing through song. Finishing what she could to lyrics of Yankee Doodle, I’m Breathless, and Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder, she would smile with pride at every lyric she spoke.
After 70 years of marriage, Jack and Elaine’s love for each other never faded along with their love for Christ. Their marriage and her walk with Christ are great examples for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren she left behind.
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