Robeson, Jean White

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Jean Gordon Robeson (née White) of Blacksburg gently departed this life on February 10, 2022. A devoted wife, loving mother, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother, Jean was born on February 3, 1925, to Floyd Henshaw White and Florence Willis White of Culpeper, Virginia, who predeceased her.

Jean earned a BS in Biology from Westhampton College (now University of Richmond). She married Andrew Robeson on June 19, 1948 and settled in Blacksburg in 1957. Along with raising four children, she was a founder and active member of Northside Presbyterian Church. She spent many hours volunteering in the community, with emphasis on enriching the lives of those with special needs. She was especially proud of her heritage through the Gordon Clan.

From tending an extensive garden to traveling the world, from enthusiastic games of bridge with dear friends to countless parties, family gatherings and impromptu celebrations, Jean truly lived life to its fullest. We will remember her for her love of swans, her singing and dancing, her beautiful and infectious laugh, and her eagerness for adventure, whether indulging a grandchild or navigating on antique car tours with her husband.

Left behind to celebrate Jean’s life are husband Andrew Robeson, children Martha Rodgers (John) of Clemson, SC, Catherine Cunningham (Michael) of Waynesboro, Andrew Gordon Robeson (Elaine) of Dallas, TX and James Robeson of Pearisburg, as well as six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank our amazing clan of caregivers, who worked tirelessly to give Jean a comfortable, happy life over the last few years. Also, we thank Carilion Hospice for their gentle support at the end.

The family gathered for a graveside service on Sunday, February 13, led by Rev. Dr. Linda Dickerson. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Northside Presbyterian Church, 1017 Progress Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060, or The ARC of New River Valley, PO Box 11204, Blacksburg, VA 24062.