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Alberta H. Robinson, fondly known as "Ms. Alberta", departed this life, Saturday, December 16th, 2023 at her home in Hampton, Virginia, surrounded by family.
She was the youngest of 5 children born to Paul and Mary Harrell. She was a lifelong resident of Hampton and attended Phenix High School, where she excelled in track and field. Alberta was employed and retired from the NCO Club at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
She is predeceased by her husband, Nathan Robinson; son, Joe Robinson; nephew, Franklin Harrell; parents, Mary and Paul Harrell; three sisters, Hattie Wilson, Irene Blackley and Laurine Lewis and a brother, Paul Harrell.
Alberta possessed a diverse range of hobbies, excelling effortlessly in various endeavors; such as carpentry, gardening, painting, catering, sewing, knitting, dancing, singing, and even chauffeuring. Her talents knew no bounds. A masterful dancer, she ensured her children could move to the rhythm as well. Beyond her artistic flair, Alberta was recognized for her remarkable driving skills. When Hurricane Hugo struck Florida, an unforeseen challenge arose-the driver of the truck transporting donated goods and food fell ill. Faced with a critical situation, and in her seventies, Mom valiantly volunteered to navigate the 18-wheeler from Florida, ensuring the successful delivery of essential supplies. Her commitment to helping others extended well into her later years, as she relinquished her driving license only at the age of 95.
Alberta was a constant presence at every family event, from births and graduations to weddings, promotions, and all the special occasion parties spanning four generations. In every photograph, her central position is a testament to the love that surrounded her, solidifying her role as the true matriarch of our family.
Alberta was a stranger to no one; she embraced and welcomed everyone into her extended family. Her genuine care and love for people were unmistakable. She instilled in us the belief that goodness existed in everyone, discouraging gossip and encouraging a positive outlook. Viewing life through rose-colored glasses, she deemed everything "outstanding" and felt consistently blessed. Even in challenging moments, catching her in a down mood was a rarity. She remained perpetually perked up and happy, radiating her beautiful smile until the very end. Fearless, she faced life with confidence, knowing she was always covered by her Lord and Savior.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, Ms. Alberta was a powerful prayer warrior, and also served as a Prayer Partner at station WTJZ. Her prayers held a remarkable power and were moving and deeply meaningful. Friends and family eagerly anticipated receiving a heartfelt prayer upon arrival and departure, even if they occasionally extended in length - a testament to their profound impact.
Ms. Alberta was also a warm and affectionate soul. Her trademark included embracing everyone with a hug or a kiss, leaving an indelible mark of love. Another distinctive feature of hers was the vast collection of hats she adorned, becoming a style icon rarely seen without her head adorned. Remarkably, she continued to exude elegance well into her 90s, confidently sporting high heels. Her infectious agape love left an enduring legacy.
She was a very active member in the community and a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church in Phoebus being one of their oldest members since youth, where she served as a Deaconess, a Missionary, a member of the Feeding Ministry and Smith's Cemetery Cleanup Ministry. Also, a member of Area H. She is a former member of I.B.P.O.E of the World (Truelight Wheatley Temple #5), United Order of Tents, one of WTJZ Prayer Partners founders, Mother and Daughter Inspirational Club, Phenix Alumni member, Senior Citizen Line Dancers, and a Care Partner to the Senior Citizens in the Nursing Home, as well as volunteering for a host of other organizations.
Alberta leaves a wonderful Legacy that will be cherished by her family; daughters, Patricia Gross (Albert), Barbara Ford (James), Corinthia Robinson all of Hampton, Princess Facen-Stepp (Wendell), of Maryland, and son, Edward G. Robinson (JoAnn) of Hampton; six grandchildren, Norman Hilton (Lisa) of Northern Virginia, Michelle Facen of Hampton, Rhonda Clarke (Sandford) of New York, Steven Gross (Valencia) of Newport News, Amber Robinson, DeNathian Robinson (Katina) of Maryland; nine great- grandchildren;three great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives including nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends and associates. Many thanks to her caretaker, Janet Smalls and Pastor Joshua King, Sr.