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ROBEY, Susanna Horton

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ROBEY, Susanna Horton. (Springfield, MO, Oct. 2, 1937--Madison, WI, Dec. 30, 2010) The daughter of George Vaughan Horton and Dorothy Durst Horton, Susanna attended Greenwood School and Central High School, where she enjoyed playing the trumpet in the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps. She attended University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and graduated from Drury College in Springfield.

Susanna met her husband, George E. ROBEY, on June 13, 1959, on a blind date, and they were married on June 18, 1960. Their first child, Susan, was born in Springfield while George was stationed in Korea. Upon his return, they lived in Enterprise, Alabama, before moving to Dubuque in November of 1962. They had two more children, Margaret and Cynthia.

Susanna quickly became involved in the community as a "Grey Lady," Welcome Wagon representative and as a founding member of the Debonaire Dance Club. She made lifelong friends as a "Jaycee Jayne" and through PEO.

Susanna began her long career in education as an English teacher in Kansas City. After living in Dubuque, she began her involvement with the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT as teacher at the Continuation School. Although heavily involved in the PTA, she was elected to the school board in 1977 and served for 18 years. She was recognized for her service by then-Gov. Branstad. During these years, she also served on the Suzuki board and while a Girl Scout leader took her troop to Mexico.

Robey decided earned a master's degree in counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She used this degree in her work as a counselor at Jane Addams and career counselor at Northeast Iowa Community College. She completed her career at the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE, first running and expanding the UD for Kids summer program, then as the director of the Academic Support Center. Susanna was also a familiar face at SIBBING'S JEWELRY which she owned with her husband.

She enjoyed traveling and had plans to write a book titled, "Journeys with George."



Obituary, Telegraph Herald, January 2, 2011, p. 15