Mary Biggerstaff Robbins, age 83 of Forest City died September 12, 2019 at Oakland Living Center. She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Winifred Early Biggerstaff, born on October 2, 1935 in the Washburn Community of Rutherford County. She retired from Rutherford County Senior Center, serving many years as the manager of the Ellenboro meal site.
Mary grew up on the Biggerstaff family farm off Freewill Baptist Church Road where she learned the love of God, family and community. She loved nature and was an avid gardener who enjoyed growing flowers and vegetables. She attended Ellenboro School where she met the love of her life, Thomas “Tommie” Robbins. They were married in July 1953 and spent over 50 years together until Tommie’s death in 2009.
Mary was a member of Race Path Baptist Church. She loved her church and her church family dearly. She spent over 50 years volunteering her time and talents to the Race Path and Six Points Community. Mary was a wonderful cook and took joy in serving her family and friends for many years. She had a true love for life and showed it every day.
In addition to her husband Tommie and her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Robbins, her sister, Dot Bridges, and two brothers, C. D. Biggerstaff and John Biggerstaff.
Left to cherish her memory is her beloved twin sister, Margaret Bartlett of Bostic, son Tony Robbins, his wife Leah, granddaughter, Emily and grandson, Max. Daughter Sonja Robbins Hooper, husband Jimmy, granddaughter, Eryn Harrill and her husband, Patrick, and granddaughter Alison Ruppe.
The family would like to thank Mary Ann Condrey, Mary’s care giver of many years. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Race Path Baptist Church Buildings and Grounds fund or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in her memory.
The funeral service will be held 3 pm Sunday, September 15, 2019 in the Race Path Baptist Church with Rev. Randall Cooper and Rev. John Godfrey officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3 pm on Sunday in the church sanctuary. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The Padgett & King Mortuary is serving the Robbins family. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com.