Robin Lee Irwin

Robin was born Robin Lee Johnson on September 1, 1966 in New London, CT. Her parents moved to Annapolis, MD shortly therafter. From 1974 through 1977 she lived in Boulder, CO and moved to Amherst, MA in 1977. She was a 1984 National Honor Society graduate of Amherst Regional High School and enlisted in the United States Army on graduation. Following basic training, she was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA where she met her husband, Sgt.Allen Irwin. Robin and Allen were married in Tacoma, WA in January 1987 shortly after Robin's release from active duty. Allen's duty assignments where she accompanied him included tours in Aviano, Italy, Ft. Hood, Texas and as an Army Recruiter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Robin used her educational benefits earned while on active duty with the Army to acquire associate degrees in Business and Computer Science, skills that she was able to put to use at Rockwell Collins Division in Cedar Rapids, IA where she was employed as a Customer Service Representative in the Information Technology Department at the time of her death.

Robin was killed in an automobile accident near Kearney, Nebraska on November 29, 1997. A memorial service for her was held on December 5, 1997 at Central Assembly of God Church in Cedar Rapids, IA. In accordance with her wishes to be buried near her grandfather, she was laid to rest at North Cemetary in Hampton, CT following services at Hampton Congregational Church on December 10, 1997. She is survived by her husband, Allen D. Irwin. (Following the accident, Allen was medically retired from active duty in the U. S. Army and is currently living in North Highlands, California.)

In her brief stay upon this earth, Robin learned well that our purpose in this life is to learn to love one another. She lived each day with a fullness of love for her fellow man which is equaled by few among us. As a comfort to those she leaves behind, think of her when you consider the words of Jesus as contained in the Gospel of John, chapter 17, Verse 4; "I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

 

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