Anna Mae James Robison1919 2012Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, age 93, passed away February 28, 2012 at Orem Rehabilitation and Nursing. Anna Mae was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Philips and Sarah Slaughter James on February 28, 1919. Although a resident of Utah for most of her life, Anna Mae also resided with her family in Idaho, Oregon and California. An avid artist, she found ample material for landscape paintings in areas near her home. In her earlier life she was drawn to clothing design and created many original drawings of feminine attire. She was also an accomplished seamstress, making and altering clothing for herself and others during much of her life. Anna Mae was a graduate of the University of Utah and worked for a number of years as a teacher in public schools. During the Second World War she joined the United States Navy Reserve and served on active duty in San Francisco, California with the rank of Lieutenant JG. As a communications officer, she was sometimes required to carry a pistol as part of her duties and recalled an occasion walking near a group of soldiers waiting in line for a movie and hearing some break into the then-current song Pistol Packin Mama. Although a member of the military during wartime, Anna Mae was not an adventurous soul and often recalled one of her most frightening moments as being required to jump off the high dive as part of a class at the University of Utah.Family connections and history were very important to Anna Mae throughout her life and she often spoke of her relatives and the influence they had on her life. She was particularly close to her niece, Mary Elizabeth Fehr Jorgensen. She was fond of relating her childhood experiences with family and friends and left for her family many photographs and written stories of her early life.A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), she was faithful throughout her life. Closing her teaching career, she moved on to a position performing research in the History Department of the LDS Church. She found the work she was called upon to do in this position extremely interesting and fulfilling.Anna Mae leaves behind to cherish her memory her sons Grant Young Robison, Jr. (Jeanette) of Newark, DE. And James Lee Robison (Susan) of Eagle Mountain, Utah; step-daughter Terry Lee Robison of West Valley City, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM.in the.Eastridge Ward LDS chapel, 1250 East 4800 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City.
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