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CHARLESTON - Pauline Frances (Hewitt) Robinson, 88, of Charleston, Maine passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 due to a chronic illness complicated by an infection. Her 4 loving children were gathered at her hospital bed side.

Polly was born May 5, 1926 in St. Stephen, N.B., Canada to Colin Ernest Hewitt of New Brunswick, Canada and Florence (Anning) Hewitt of London, England. Polly was a British citizen who was naturalized as a US citizen on Jan. 7, 1948. The family settled in Brownville Junction, Maine, where she graduated from High School on June 14, 1944. Polly enrolled in the Eastern Maine General Hospital of Nursing in Bangor, Maine and was awarded a diploma for three years of study in the art of nursing on October 1, 1947. During Polly's nursing training, she joined the U.S. Army Nursing Core, which helped helped her with part of her nursing training. She was involved in the Army Nursing Core until the end of WW II.

Polly was predeceased by her husband Richard Towse Robinson in 1999. She is survived by her sister Audrey Griffin of Union, Maine and brother John Hewitt of South Portland, Maine. She is also survived by four children: Colin Richard Robinson and wife Helen of Windham, Maine; Ruth Elizabeth Long and husband Kirk of Charleston, Maine; Mark Ernest Robinson of Charleston, Maine; and Joan Audrey Richards and husband Bill of Corinth, Maine.. Polly was survived by four grandchildren: Michael (wife Mary), Benjamin (wife Allison), Megan Long, and Shannon Shoeman and husband Arnold. She was also survived by two great grandchildren: Ella and Madeline Robinson (parents Michael and Mary).

Polly was the typical hard working, busy farm wife. She assisted with many endeavors on their Charleston dairy farm. She continued her nursing career while raising four children. She developed a real love of knitting as a teenager. When Polly was 11, she knitted herself a beautiful light green sweater with an intricate pattern. From that time, she had a love of knitting and sewing as she made many beautiful afghans, sweaters, and mittens. Both daughters became outstanding cooks under her guidance. Polly was known for her famous yeast rolls.

Another love Polly had was with swimming; she always loved to swim and continued swimming in lakes and indoor pools until she was in her early 80's.

Polly's nursing students said she had a 'congenial way' about her and 'if silence were golden she'd be a millionaire.' Throughout her nursing career she carried these traits with her while providing caring and compassionate support to the patients. The nursing class continued to have reunions even past retirement. Polly was an active member of The United Methodist Church of East Corinth, Maine. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star and last attended the Aldworth Chapter in Milo, Maine. She held many positions in the OES, including Worthy Matron.

Polly loved her children and her grandchildren. At the drop of a hat she would go off on a travel adventure. She visited such overseas places as Germany, Sicily, England, and Iceland to be with her kids and families. Her travels included trips to Canada to visit relatives in the St. Andrews, New Brunswick area and in her later years was able to visit many relatives in Semoque, N.B. and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Polly also traveled to stateside places in Florida, Colorado, and Alaska. She never said no to babysitting her grandkids. Her travels also included many trips to Lubec, Maine, where she and Richard built their first house and she formed a life-long friendship with her sister-in-law, Doris Robinson. The two families enjoyed sitting around the kitchen table while the kids played outside. The two ladies even went to Alaska together to visit relatives. Polly will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

A memorial service for Pauline will be held in early May, 2015 at the Corinth United Methodist Church. Anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Polly can contact: Order of the Eastern Star, Aldworth Chapter #39 , 6 Dusty Lane, Milo, Maine 04463; or Corinth United Methodist Church, PO Box 17, 275 Maine Street, Corinth, Maine 04427.
Published on  December 20, 2014
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