Marguerite Louise Robinson, 99 years and 11 months old of Danville, transitioned to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 24, 2020, peacefully in her home with her family.
Marguerite was born on June 19, 1920 in Danville, IL as the second child of Pearl and Clarence Thurman Sr. A lifelong Danville resident, she attended Cannon Grade School and was a graduate of the Danville High School Class of 1939. She was a member of Second Baptist Church since early childhood. She truly loved being an active member and was involved in the following committees over the years: the Elease Green Willing Workers, the Deborah Circle, the Church Historical, the Kitchen, and the Pastoral Search Committees. Marguerite was the church’s first female member on the Board of Trustees and, also, Second Baptist’s oldest member.
Marguerite worked until she was 88 years old, mainly for the Brittingham and Wolgamot families of Danville, IL. She could be found on many of their family vacations, gatherings, and reunions. Over those 70 years, they became her extended family whom she loved just as much as they loved her.
Marguerite first married Thomas Tyler, and that union produced her three oldest children. In 1946, she fell in love with Henry “Gee Gee” Robinson and they became a blended family. Their 1958 union produced one additional daughter.
Marguerite loved to dance whether it was the wobble, 4 corners, electric slide, or winning swing dance competitions in her younger years. She was an avid traveler and visited every state except for one. She was a phenomenal cook and loved to try new recipes to entertain her family and friends. She was a member of several social clubs, including the “Tuxedo Club” and “The Royalettes.” Marguerite was an amazing seamstress. She was an avid scrapbooker and historian who loved to share those memories of Danville history, as well as, family history and lineage to those who asked. She also enjoyed doing daily crossword puzzles, gardening, and gambling (but don’t ask how much she won because no matter the amount the answer was the same – “I did fair”).
Marguerite was the matriarch of her family. She truly loved all of her family. She actively raised 5 generations in her home and lived to have 6 generations in her lifetime. Marguerite instilled love, wisdom, knowledge, hard work, and dedication to her children and grandchildren through her poise, countless acts of love, and words of wisdom. She encouraged them to live their best lives, to have courage, to put God first, to pursue their education, to keep their heads held high, to speak their minds, and to have dignity and grace in all things. The legacy that she leaves has been instilled in all who know and love her.
Mrs. Marguerite L. Robinson is survived by two children: Carrol Ellis of Las Vegas, NV and Terry Tyler of Danville, IL; 17 grandchildren, a host of bonus children, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great- great-great –grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Henry “Gee Gee” Robinson; her parents; her five siblings; one son, Duane “Dujie” Tyler; and one daughter Priscilla “Prissy” Givens.
A Private Homegoing Service that will be live streamed via Facebook will commence at 11:00 a.m Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 E. Williams St. Danville. Viewing will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020 at the funeral home. Interment: Danville National Cemetery. Officiating: Pastor Thomas Miller.
DUE to COVID 19 regulations ALL family members and friends who plan to attend VIEWING are REQUIRED to practice extreme precaution by wearing protective mask, gloves and practicing social distancing. Please be considerate of others, as only ten people will be allowed inside the funeral Home at a time.
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