Elizabeth Timm Robbins

November 12, 1940 – March 29, 2019


Elizabeth Timm Robbins, a longtime resident of the Charlotte area, passed away Friday, the 29th of March, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Elizabeth was born on the 12th of November, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, Peter, and Martha Timm. She was a graduate of Elmira College and Columbia University School of Nursing with a BS, RN., and worked as a nurse in Liberia, West Africa for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. She continued her career in Wisconsin where she worked as a public health nurse and as a triage nurse locally in Charlotte.

She was an accomplished artist in oil painting and loved playing bridge, gardening, volunteering, reading, and attending the theater. She was recognized for her volunteer work for the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs. A member of the Providence Country Club since 1991, Elizabeth enjoyed socializing with her friends and neighbors.

While in West Africa, she met her husband, Eugene Stephen Robbins. They were married for 52 years and shared a passion for adventure and world travel. They once took a 42-day driving trip to Alaska, fished for Piranha in the Amazon, and took a 12-mile wilderness horseback ride into the backcountry of Tierra del Fuego. They especially enjoyed spending time with their family.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Eugene S. Robbins; two daughters: Lisa Menzies and her husband, Doug of Colorado and Jennifer Robbins of California; and her three grandchildren: Maxx Menzies, Lena Whittaker, and Kate Whittaker. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Elsa Edwards.

Elizabeth’s celebration of life will be held at 3:30 PM at the Providence Country Club in Charlotte on Thursday, the 4th of April, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the Robbins’ family request memorials be made to the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas by visiting their website,  or by mailing any donations to the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Road North, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28227.

Notes of encouragement and condolences may be made to the Robbins family by leaving a comment below.

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Brad Nolan

1 year ago

For the past ten years my family and I have lived next door to two of the finest people I have ever known, Gene and Elizabeth Robbins. The courage Elizabeth displayed over the past ten years has been truly inspirational. The bond between husband and wife, best friends, could not have been greater between these two wonderful human beings.

Julie Robbins Whyte

1 year ago

Aunt Betty will be deeply missed. All of our love to you, Uncle Steve, Lisa & Jennifer.

Ashley Samuels

1 year ago

I am so glad I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth. I enjoyed doing her hair and I hope it was a comfort to her. Sending love and prayers to Eugene and the rest of the family.

Don and Mary Cameron

1 year ago

We have know Elizabeth (Betty) and Gene for thirty nine years while living in two different states. I am just glad we had so many good years of friendship and travel together. Elizabeth’s courage was truly amazing.

Bill and Sigrid Moore

1 year ago

Dear Lisa,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Love the photo of your mother. Such a full life your mother had. Her travel adventures remind me of your love of travel. Inger has mentioned that your mother was a great artist, too. Rejoice in all your memories. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you, Doug, and Maxx. Love, Bill, and Sigrid Moore
( Inger’s parents)

Adrian, Valerie & Scott Abbott, England

1 year ago

How very sorry we are to learn the death of Elizabeth. We only met Elizabeth the once at the wedding of her niece Sonya Daphne Edwards a few years ago. I felt I knew Elizabeth for a very long time as her sister Marian was a very dear friend of mine from the age of 11 and Marian always spoke very fondly of her sister. Gene was always by her side and looked after her amazingly, she will be greatly missed by her loving family. ‘Time will heal your grief but not your memories’ With Our deepest Sympathy.

Patricia Tanskey

1 year ago

We were so sad to hear of the passing of Elizabeth! She was a member of our Knit or Knot group for many years. We were always delighted when Elizabeth could join us for lunch, a meeting or as a host for our group. Unfortunately, the ravishes of Parkinson’s prevented her from joining us the last few years. We will never forget her grace and loveliness. Elizabeth will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences to Gene, Lisa & Jennifer. Warmest regards, Pat Tanskey and all members of Knit or Knot.

Walter and Bea Martin

1 year ago

We have known Elizabeth and Gene for over fifteen years and have seen first hand their devotion and love for each other. The story of how they met in Africa is amazing. They were truly meant to be. We remember Elizabeth’s wit and vibrant way about her. She was intelligent, wise and wonderful. Gene, Lisa and Jennifer we have been thinking about you throughout this difficult time and pray that your mothers memories will bring you comfort as you grieve her loss.

Patricia Myers

1 year ago

Dear Gene and family: I was so sorry to hear about Elizabeth’s passing. I believe I only had the occasion to meet Elizabeth once at a “Pepperbird Reunion”, but she was lovely. The connection we all had by living in Liberia has always made us feel like family. My deepest sympathy to you and your two daughters, Lisa and Jennifer. Blessings, Pat

Sally Anderson

1 year ago

Elizabeth (once known as Betty) and I met at Elmira College and were roommates our sophomore year. We were at Columbia together. After graduation, our lives moved in different directions, which often happens. I have fond memories of our times together, and a favorite memory is visiting her family in Tivoli, NY, and enjoying her mother’s German baked treats. I am glad she enjoyed such a full life prior to being defeated by such a ravaging disease. My thoughts are with you, Eugene, and with your daughters and families.
With caring thoughts.
Sally Anderson

Ed & Kim French

1 year ago

Dear Gene,
Please accept our sympathy for your loss. While we never really knew Elizabeth, it was clear from our many days together playing golf that your love for her was special. In this difficult time our prayers will be you and your family.
God bless!

Fran Rosen Rappaport

1 year ago

Betty and I lived next door to each other at Maxwell Hall. She was always warm, friendly and willing to be of help in any way.
I’m so sorry to learn of her battle with Parkinson’s. I’m sure she did it with courage and grace.


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