Janet Ann Payne Robinson fought and won the challenge of breast cancer only to be called to a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s. She spent the last week of her life under the compassionate care of Peachtree Hospice of Ft. Smith, AR, where she died on Aug. 27.

Janet was born in Mexico, MO, on June 14, 1935. She attended St. Brendan Catholic Schools and married James Alan “Jim” Robinson on June 13, 1953 in St. Brendan Church. Thus began a 48 year marital journey that carried her from Missouri, through Arkansas and finally into Texas; where she gave birth to her only daughter, Stephanie Lynn Robinson in Dallas. The couple finally settled in Orange, and Janet was active in the local Catholic communities of St. Mary’s, St. Helen’s and St. Francis of Assisi.

Filled with compassion and interest in others, Janet made friends easily and maintained contact with many. She was an active volunteer, particularly offering comfort through her service with St. Mary’s soup kitchen and the Funeral Choir of St. Francis of Assisi. She was also an advocate for animals and frequently assisted others to provide care for their pets that they might not otherwise have been able to afford. She was a wondrous seamstress and loved being outdoors, working in her flower beds and enjoying the play of the succession of cats and dogs that were lucky enough to find themselves in her home. She loved to laugh and found joy in many places even into the evening of her life; where she found pleasure in the conversations and wild tales told around our kitchen table with friends.

She was an avid reader and consumed information in all its forms. She was able to convert this information into concrete deeds and was an extremely intelligent and capable woman even in the days when it was not as common as it is today.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie Robinson Darling and David Darling of Alma, AR.; her sisters, Audrey Wells of Mexico, MO., Betty Inman of Santa Barbara, CA., and Mary Payne of Orange; as well as her brother, Donald Payne of Jerome, MI.

Mrs. Robinson will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren, AR.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to any society dedicated to the care of animals would be an appropriate and appreciated way to celebrate her love of those she knew to give love and devotion at all times, under all circumstances, and which provided her with such comfort during the course of her illness.