She was born in Eugene, OR on July 3, 1941, but her family lived in Lakeside, OR. She said she loved it there because she could walk to Sunday school. In 1950 her family moved to the Gualala, CA area where she helped her mother operate a local restaurant. Anna Marie attended Point Arena High School and loved singing in the choir, played saxophone in the band and played softball.
Gualala is where she met the love of her life, Charles R. (Chuck) Robbins and his young daughter Glenda. Chuck, along with his father and brothers owned a sawmill in nearby Point Arena. They were married June 30, 1957. Daughter, Sheryl was born in 1959, followed by a son, Charles (Rob) in 1960. In 1963 they moved to their new ranch in Trout Creek, MT. In 1965 they welcomed the birth of their last child, Rebecca into the family. Anna Marie and Chuck loved the ranch as they felt it was the best place to raise a family. Few families could make a living by ranching alone, so Chuck worked at the sawmill in Thompson Falls, MT, as well as his welding business before and after work. This left much of the daily responsibilities of the ranch to Anna Marie and the kids.
In 1994, tragedy struck her family when Chuck was killed in a tractor accident at their home. She honored Chuck and the kids by keeping their ranch for 8 long years, as she continued to raise her cattle with the help from extended family and loving neighbors. In 2002 she made the agonizing decision to sell the ranch and move to Spokane, WA to be closer to her mother and brother.
Anna Marie always loved the Spokane area and it allowed her to be closer to an airport so she could travel to see her children and distant friends. Her strong faith led her initially to the Morgan Acres Community Church, but she finally found her church home in the Liberty Baptist Church, where she cherished the fellowship and women’s bible study. She also enjoyed participating in card parties, and became a member of the Hillyard Senior Center, CSF and VFW Post 1474.
Anna Marie was a 53 year member of the Whitepine Grange #102, Montana State Grange Youth Director and a 7th degree National Granger.
Her husband, Charles R. Robbins and her parents, Robert and Mary Miller, precede Anna Marie in death. She is survived by her daughters Sheryl (Jim) Ewen and Rebecca (Ken) Price, son Charles (Karen) Robbins and stepdaughter Glenda (Tim) Buchanan, brothers Byron (Janice) Miller, Robert (Diana) Miller and John (Janet) Miller. She is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert (Connie) Robbins and Lila (Larry) Bair. She was so proud of her 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held in Spokane, WA at the Liberty Baptist Church, 320 W Graves RD, on August 26, 2017 at 2:00pm. Graveside service will be held at a later date this year at the Whitepine Cemetery in Montana.
Please visit Neptune Society of Spokane to sign guestbook www.neptunesociety.com/Spokane