The chapter of life was opened for IDA MAE MILLS ROBINSON on October 8, 1919, in Halifax County, North Carolina. She was the sixth of the nine children born to James Edward Mills, Sr. and Mary Brown Mills. She quietly and peacefully transitioned from this earthly life and entered the realm of eternal tranquility on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at her home in Littleton, North Carolina, after a brief period of declining health.
Ida Mae’s spiritual journey began when she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, was baptized, and joined the Carter’s Chapel Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She loved her church and remained faithful to its work, worship, and purpose during the many years of her attendance and support.
Ida Mae’s formal education was received in the public schools of Halifax County, North Carolina, and she graduated from the former Ralph J. Bunch High School in Weldon, North Carolina, with the class of 1939. She then attended Fayetteville State Teachers College in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education on June 2, 1943. Her initial employment included teaching in both Halifax and Warren Counties.
Ida Mae met and fell in love with Samuel “Sam” Robinson. They were united in marriage on May 14, 1946. Together they owned and operated Robinson Funeral Home, Robinson Taxi Service, and Robinson Grocery in Littleton. God blessed them to become the proud parents of two sons and two daughters. Her husband preceded her in death over forty years ago on January 3, 1976, and she continued to be instrumental in the family businesses for numerous years.
Ida Mae was always concerned about the condition of her community and made significant contributions to many innovative missions that had a positive impact on the lives of its citizens. Her continuous drive was evident in her strong commitment to family, the willing services she provided to others, and her constant determination to overtly focus on those in need. She inspired many with her wisdom and longevity, remarkable courage, strength of character, and the desire and fortitude to just keep going, going, going.
Ida Mae was a snazzy dresser who loved fashionable hats and dazzling jewelry. She enjoyed being around people, having friendly, light-hearted conversations, writing poetry, reading, dancing, gardening, and keeping abreast of current events. Her life as a consoling, nurturing spirit will be forever preserved as her legacy for generations to come.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ida Mae was preceded in death by her siblings Leola Mills Taylor, James Edward Mills, Jr., Marion Green Mills, Ruth Mills Patterson, Annie Laura Mills Leonard, Lubeth Mills Phipps, Gertrude Mills Rainey, and John Jeffers.
Treasured memories of her life and love will be forever remembered and proudly shared by her four children, Samuel Robinson, Jr. (Marie), Iva Robinson DeLoatch (Joseph), Melva Manley Robinson, and Larry Jack Robinson (Deborah); sixteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; her sister, Phenon Mills Faulcon; and her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loyal friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 18, 2016, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, North Carolina. Rev. Louis Yarborough will officiate, and burial will follow in the Robinson Family Cemetery, North Main Street, Littleton. The body will lie in repose on Thursday, March 17, 2016, until 8:30 P.M., with the family receiving friends from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Ida Mills Robinson to the Warren County Rescue Squad, Post Office Box 448, Littleton, North Carolina 27850.