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Delta State Mourns Former Longtime Staffer Mary Robbins, 87

Former longtime Delta State University employee Mary Patridge Robbins, 87, died on Jan. 19, 2019, at the Cleveland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland. She worked at Delta State’s Computer Information Systems Department, retiring after 28 years and holding emeritus status. Delta State will fly its flag at half-staff from Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 AM to noon at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Celebration of life services will follow in the Cleveland Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at the New Liberty Cemetery in Alva, Miss. Her son, Randy Robbins, will officiate the service, assisted by Tommy Lindsey of West Monroe, La. and Jim Brown of Cleveland.

Here is an obituary from the Cleveland Funeral Home:

She was born April 17, 1931, to Herman and Mamie Clark Patridge in Winona, Miss. She grew up in the Lodi community in Montgomery County. She graduated from Eupora High School in 1948. She married Hugh Edison Robbins and together they moved to Florida for a few years before moving to Cleveland in 1955. Robbins worked at Ben Franklin’s and Top Dollar Store and was office manager for Dr. John Abide for 20 years before going to work at Delta State in the Computer Information Systems Department. She retired after 28 years and was honored to be granted emeritus status by the university.

Robbins loved walking and birdwatching. She enjoyed going to DSU basketball games, eating out with her friends, and watching football games on television. She also loved and enjoyed her family of friends as well as her church family. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church since 1955.

Robbins poses with her award as staff employee of the month in February 2003.


The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to all the staff and residents of Providence Assisted Living and the staff at Cleveland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The family would also like to thank the many members of her volunteer care team that helped to look after her in later years, with the primary ones being Rayburn and Jean Mosley, Sally Rogers, and Rob and Jessie Christensen.

Robbins was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Mamie Patridge; husband, Hugh Edison Robbins; two sons, Mitchell Drew Robbins and Michael Hugh Robbins; sister, Katherine Bell; and sister-in-law, Marie Robbins.

She is survived by her son, Randy Robbins of Dallas, Texas; niece, Charla Chandler of Kosciusko, Miss.; and a granddaughter, Marianna Robbins of Madison, Miss.

Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Ed Ballard, Rayburn Mosley, Darry Hardy, Jerry Van Namen, Rob Christensen, and Jessie Christensen. Honorary pallbearer will be James Boggs.

Memorials may be made to the Delta State Foundation, Development Office, P. O. Box 3141 DSU, Cleveland, Miss. 38733.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be viewed and signed at