Elizabeth "Betty" Autrey Robins

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Elizabeth Autrey Robins, known as 'Betty', died peacefully in New Braunfels, Texas, on February 1, 2016, after 90 years of a well-lived life. Betty was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and attended school there. She distinguished herself as a student, graduating at the young age of 15 from C.E. Byrd High School. In May 1944, she earned her bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Centenary College of Louisiana, and that very month married Lt. James L. Robins, U.S. Army Air Corps, at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport. Together they reared four children. Betty will be remembered for her joyful laugh and twinkling blue eyes, her spirit of thanksgiving and forgiveness, and her abiding faith in Jesus Christ. She made a point to choose daily a life of grace and gratitude. Wherever Betty lived and worked, she endeared herself and made meaningful friendships, especially in the churches where she served. In her job at the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, she worked diligently on behalf of pastors and their wives or widows to bolster their welfare after retirement. In both Dallas and New Braunfels, Betty left a legacy as a prayer warrior by initiating and helping maintain church prayer ministries that still vitally serve those communities today. Like the Proverbs 31 woman, Betty was a wife of noble character and a beloved mother to her children. She is survived by her son, Tom Robins, and his wife Stacey, of New Braunfels; her daughter, Chere Robins Stricklin, and her husband Mike, of Portland; her daughter, Carla Robins Voelker, and her husband Mitch, of Dallas; and 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James L. Robins; her son, James L. Robins II; and her parents, Bertie Price Autrey and Albert Autrey, Jr. The family would like to express thanks and appreciation to the ladies who loved and cared for Betty in her later years. A memorial service will be held in the Student Worship Center at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:00 am. Friends and family are invited for coffee with Betty's family from 10:00-11:00 am, prior to the service. The family suggests memorial donations be made to your charity of choice or to New Braunfels Christian Ministries Kids' Club, a non-profit ministry where children receive afterschool care and homework assistance in a safe and encouraging environment.

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  1. My sympathy to Betty Robins’ family. My Aunt Norma Lou & James Webb were fortunate to be your neighbors across the driveways. They thought a lot of your mom and dad and had great respect for them as I recall. I worked in summer 1978 at CPRH and Dr. Robins cared so for his patients. May your memories sustain you always and God’s promise of everlasting life give you peace.

  2. My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Elizabeth. Although we never had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth, personally, we wanted to share with you comfort from Gods word found in John 5:28,29. Jesus showed us a wonderful example of the resurrection when he resurrected Lazarus here on earth, back to the arms of those he loved. (John 11) Remember also that our Heavenly Father expresses his loving compassion for all of us when someone we love dies. ( Psalm 34:18) Be sure to share your memories with those who surround you, for the memories shared are the ones most truly cherished, may they bring you a sense of peace and joy to your hearts as you begin to heal. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.

  3. Our family wishes to express our condolences to Carla and all of Betty’s family. We had the opportunity to meet her in Dallas. She was such a nice person and so proud of her children and grandchildren.

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