Barbara Robinson, age 84, died July 24, 2016, in Gloucester, Mass. She was born Barbara Lucette Balday on February 21, 1932, to Frank and Edith (Marks) Balday of New York City. The youngest of five daughters, Mrs. Robinson was educated in New York schools and graduated from Bayside High School in 1950.
She trained near the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and became a stewardess with United Airlines. She married William Rodman Robinson on August 7, 1954. She is known to family and friends as the person “Jesus loves more than (she) will know” following a chance encounter with musicians Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel on an airplane in 1966. The release of their song in 1968 introduced everyone to the woman who believed that “heaven holds a place for those who pray.”
Mrs. Robinson enjoyed reading, especially spiritual material, and specifically the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Their influence, and a growing devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, led her to enter the Roman Catholic Church in 1993.
Grand-motherhood and friendships in Gloucester occupied her later life. She suffered a stroke in 2009 and lived out her final years at Golden Living nursing home in Gloucester.
Mrs. Robinson was pre-deceased by her husband in 2001 and her son, John Moseley Robinson III in 1986. She is survived by her son, William R. Robinson, of Dallas, Texas; and daughters, Barbara States of Beaufort, S.C. and Suzanne Ennis of Gorham, Maine.
Her crowning joy was found in her grandchildren, Katherine Robinson, Camilla States, and John Ennis.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated and caring staff of Golden Living nursing home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Gloucester with interment at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Eternal Word Television Network at .
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit .
James C. Greely Funeral Service