Wayne Ashby Robison (1918-2003)

Ashby Robison

Uncle Ashby
Born:29 Aug 1918 Fillmore, Utah
Died:4 May 2003 Fillmore, Utah
Father:Aaron Wayne Robison
Mother:Fern Ashby
Siblings:Wayne Ashby Robison
Harold Raymond Robison
Franklin Duane Robison
E Doyle Robison
Richard Ashby Robison
Married:14 May 1942 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse:Marjorie Brunson
Children:David Ashby Robison
Racquel Robison
Lorenzo Brunson Robison
Nathan Navasie

The Salt Lake Tribune, Thursday, 8 May 2003:

Wayne Ashby Robison
 8/29/18 ~ 5/4/03

Wayne Ashby Robison, 84, left this life for a better one on Sunday, May 4, 2003; at the Fillmore Medical Center where he had been for a week, following a stroke.

He was born August 29, 1918 in Fillmore, UT, to Aaron Wayne and Fern Ashby Robison.

Ashby married Marjorie Brunson on May 14, 1942. They are the parents of David Ashby (deceased), Racquel Williams (Alan), and Lorenzo "Ren" (Kelly). They have four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Ashby had four brothers: Harold Raymond (deceased); Franklin Duane (Evadeen); E. Doyle (Beth); and Richard A. (Joleen, deceased, and Mary). They also had an Indian placement foster son, Nathan Navasie, who lived with them for about four years.

He served a mission in Minneapolis from 1939 to 1941, and a Senior Couple mission with his wife Marjorie, in Nashville, Tenn. from May 1984 to Nov. 1985. He served in Bishoprics, Stake Presidencies, two Temple missions, as Hospital Administrator, Coordinator of the Extraction program, County Commissioner, and much more. A man of impeccable integrity, loving his fellow man and always willing to do anything asked of him, he was loved by all who knew him.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions to the missionary fund be made.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 12:00 noon at the Fillmore LDS Stake Center. Visitations will be held Friday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Olpin Southern Utah Mortuary and also Saturday at the Stake Center, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., prior to the service.

Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 5/8/2003.


Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain; History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 30.

Deseret News Archives, Wednesday, August 13, 1997, Obituary: Robison, Harold Raymond

The Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003, Obituary: Brunson, Lena Mangum

The Salt Lake Tribune, Tuesday, 3 Aug 2004, Obituary: Robison, Marjorie Brunson

Lyman, Melvin Anderson. FHL CD-ROM no. 1608, Thomas Callister Descendants

The Progress, Friday, December 10, 1954, Obituary: Robison, Fern Ashby

Millard County Chronicle Progress, Vol. 76, No. 40, 10 Apr 1986, p. 11, Obituary: Robison, Aaron Wayne

The Salt Lake Tribune, Tuesday, 1 Nov 2005, Obituary: Brunson, German Ellsworth

Article: The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, Saturday, December 6, 1997
Gathered in Time' to explore quilt-making in Utah
     SALT LAKE CITY - What stories lie hidden in the quilts of yesterday? From tales of westward journeys and homestead challenges to legacies of friends and families, quilts speak the stories of their makers. "Gathered in Time ", the strands of the quilters' lives, like their patchwork, chronicle the experience of western women and their colorful past. Premiering on KUED Monday at 8 p.m., "Gathered in Time " takes viewers on a stitch-by-stitch exploration of quilt making in Utah. Produced by KUED's award-winning Elizabeth Searles, creator of Salt Lake City - Once Upon a Time and Remembering Uncle Golden, the 90-minute documentary uses anecdotes, interviews with quilters and collectors, and footage of 73 unique quilts dating from the time of Utah settlement to 1950. The program, narrated by form KSL anchor Jackie Nokes, is based on the University Press book, "Gathered in Time ", by Kae Corington. Local musician Rex Flinner created the original score. Divided into thematic segments, "Gathered in Time " chronicles the evolution of quilts, illustrating how they've changed, along with different methods used, available materials, and how long it takes to them. While quilts from the pioneer days were created for utility and survival, those from the 1940s and '50s were often sewn for decorative purposes. Survival quilting In the early days of quilt making in Utah, women worked hard to help establish their homes and had little time for the frivolities of artistic expression, according to writer Kae Corington. "The responsibility of quilting became not only a matter of survival, but also a form of artistry, " says Searles. "in addition to its practical considerations, a quilt was an expression of a woman's creativity and her resourcefulness. " Pat Hansen, a member of the Utah Quilt Heritage Foundation for over ten years, says pioneer quilts evoke the hard work and devotion to children which characterized the life of women settlers. "There are feelings we get when we see a quilt made by an early pioneer, " she says. "We discover a pioneer woman's thoughts, worries, and sadnesses that emerged as she worked on the quilt. " Over the years, quilting changed, along with patterns, materials, and color choices. Yet those who make quilts today maintain a pioneering spirit, according to Covington. Story of women "Gathered in Time " does what textbook accounts of early Utah typically do not - tell the story of women in the West. "Because the documentation of history was left mostly to the men, we rarely see the women who were at home. But without the work of women, families wouldn't have survived, " says Covington. While there are some men who have created quilts, women were often responsible for working at household tasks, which included sewing and quilting. "I hope the strength of women comes through in the documentary " says Covington. ' "You know, you don't have to do grandiose things to be great. It's important to recognize the contributions of everyday women. Without women behind them, I don't think the men from the history books could've done what they've done. " "Gathered in Time " also includes commentary from men. In a segment titled "I'm Not Sentimental, " Ashby Robison of Fillmore, Utah is adamant when he says, "I'm not very sentimental about quilts. " But after telling the story behind a 1901 friendship quilt given to the local barber by well-known men of Fillmore --including many of Robison's relatives - he admits, "Well, I guess I'm sentimental about this quilt. " The tie that binds "Men remember playing under the quilts as young boys, they have fond memories of their mothers sewing quilts, and at the same time they don't want to admit that they have fond memories of that too. But they have warm, comforting feelings about quilts, " Searles says. "Gathered in Time " illustrates how quilts bring people together, binding families, friends, and neighbors through fabric and compassionate labor. "A quilt is an expression of love for another individual, " says Searles.

Death: Phone call from E Doyle Robison, 7 pm, Sunday, 4 May 2003:
     Dad said Ashby's Ward had just finished presenting a special service at the hospital. Ashby's whole family had gathered in his room and were remeniscing when Racquel noticed he'd quietly passed away at 10:50 am this morning.
     Ashby had suffered a stroke last week and was hospitalized. Dad went down Wednesday to visit and he said there was a special peaceful spirit there. Betty Jo Speakman called me at work Friday to tell me that they'd taken Ashby off life support. She said that Aunt Marge is doing well and had been praying that Ashby would go easily without any struggle. Her prayers have been answered.
     As yet, the funeral plans aren't set. Uncle Richard can't get away from Kansas until Wednesday night.

Thoughts: From the "guestbook" for Ashby's obituary:
                  Guest Book for
                  Wayne Ashby Robison
This Guest Book will remain online until June 7, 2003.

Marjorie, I was saddened to hear of Ashby's death. Somehow I feel that nothing in Utah is ever going to change. However, I do know from experience that he's not going to leave you without his sweet spirit staying close. He won't be that busy! The time apart from him won't be easy, but it will be do-able--thanks to the knowledge we have of the time to come.
I hope you are well and that you and your family will find the love and support you need from each other and from our Heavenly Father to make it through these next days. It will get easier.
Love, Jan
Janet Budge (San Diego, CA )
May 8, 2003
jbudge at powayusd dot com

Brother Robinson has made a tremendous impact on my life. I will always remember him for his caring shown towards my family and myself as a youth.
Joseph Wade (Draper, UT )
May 8, 2003

Dearest Marjory and family
Our sincere condolences. Ashby was a dear friend to all. We spoke at some length only a month ago at aunt Fern's funeral. A precious and endearing confidante.
Dick and Reah Rowley
J. Richard Rowley (Boise, ID )
May 8, 2003
jrrreah at msn dot com

Ashby was a wonderful neighbor, friend and relative.
Dan Speakman (Fillmore, UT )
May 8, 2003
dspeak at stuartelec dot com

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