Obituary: Grace Snavely Robinson

Grace Arlene Snavely Robinson, age 95, died July 9, 2019 at Salemtowne, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Grace was born August 10, 1923 to the late Emma and Clayton Snavely and was raised in Lititz, PA. She was a devoted Moravian her entire life, active not only in the Lititz congregation, but also with the Eastern District Youth program. She attended Moravian Seminary for Women (now Moravian College) in Bethlehem, Pa., where she met the Rev. Dr. Kenneth William Robinson. They married in 1951. That same year Kenneth was ordained in the Reading Moravian Church, Reading, Pa., and became pastor of the Fry’s Valley and Port Washington congregations in Ohio.

Grace shared in Ken’s ministry in the Northern Province and in the Southern Province, beginning in 1954 at Home Moravian Church (Assistant) and then, at First, Greensboro, Ardmore, Bethania and Home (Associate). Kenneth retired in 1991 after 40 years of active service. For many years, concluding in 2018, Grace was a faithful staff member and volunteer at the Moravian Archives, where she specialized in transcription of handwritten documents. 

Grace was preceded in death by her five siblings, and, in 2012, by her loving husband Kenneth. She is survived by her children, Mark and Meribeth Robinson, and one grandson. A memorial service was conducted July 12, 2019 at Home Moravian Church with the Rev. Andrew Heil and the Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Wayne Burkette presiding.  Burial followed in God’s Acre in Salem.