HAMILTON – Anna Mary Robbins, 97, passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Marcus Daly Hospice. Born Dec. 5, 1920, in Towner, North Dakota, she spent her childhood working hard on the family farm but finding time to cause plenty of trouble and fun along the way.
Ann married Kenneth Robbins in 1941. After managing a bar in Towner, they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, and established the Robbin’s Nest Motel. In 1951 it was off to Hamilton where they owned the Coast to Coast hardware store for many years before selling to Tom and Sandy Evans, who became their good friends. After divorcing Ken, Ann packed up, headed for Palm Springs, California, and became an interior decorator, meeting many famous people, including Liberace, Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope, and (her favorite) Frank Sinatra. Befriended by popular lounge entertainers Dale and Terry, a song was written about her – “Two Gun Annie”!
Ann was proud to claim Mr. Lawrence Welk as a cousin and enjoyed a visit to his resort.
Returning to Hamilton in her “golden years,” Ann lived at Sapphire Lutheran Home with many of her long-time friends, including Bette and Ray Thrailkill.
Ann was preceded in death by all her brothers and sisters, one son, Jimmy, in 1960, and many friends. Her very best friend from childhood, Leone Hicks, lives in Long Beach, California, and her special cousin, Stan Bertsch, lives in Missoula. She is survived by her son, Gerry; two daughters, Sheila and Beth; six grandkids; and seven great-grandchildren.
Many thanks to her wonderful friends and helpers at Sapphire Homes, Marcus Daly – Mr. Ed at Hospice, the St. Francis Catholic community, with special gratitude to Sister Mary Margaret, Father Jack Darragh, Nancy Foisey, Becky Grimm, Diane, Gabe, Nancy, Beth McCoy, Ron and Jane Roberts and Glenda Krueger. Father Connor, Nancy Curren, Donna Severson, Judy, Cole, James, and others.
The Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Hamilton. Rev. James A. Connor will be officiating. The luncheon will follow at the Sapphire Lutheran Homes 501 N. 10th St., Hamilton.
Donations to Marcus Daly Hospice (1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840) and to the
Bitterroot Humane Association (PO Box 57, Hamilton, MT 59840) are appreciated.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 362 McCarthy Loop, Hamilton, Mt. 59840 or at www.brothersmortuary.com.