Roslyn Robinson

Obituary of Roslyn Marchbanks Robinson

Roslyn Jeanne Marchbanks Robinson, 78, of Alexandria, VA, passed away on September 1, 2019.


Roslyn was born in Little Rock Arkansas to Dr. Vance Hunter Marchbanks Jr and Lois Gilkey Marchbanks  on February 21, 1941. As a part of a military family, she grew up traveling the world.  She  earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and her masters degree from Howard University. She worked as a homemaker, teacher, and finally as a mediator with the Department of Agriculture.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, tennis, gardening, and reminiscing with family.  Her most cherished accomplishments were her children and her volunteer work with The Tuskegee Airmen, The Arlington Ladies, The Smithsonian, and a local hot line for abused women. She showed her strength, generosity, and love of family in all she did.   


A memorial service will be held at The Gardens at River Farm in Alexandria on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at 10:00am.  The service will be directly followed by a repass and time to enjoy the gardens until 1pm.


Roslyn is survived by her children Brian Radcliffe Robinson and Elizabeth Hunter Gunn, her sister Joy Boddie, her nieces Elena Boddie and Elise Boddie, and a plethora of friends and loved ones she considered family. 


The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Liz Shifflett, The Virginian Retirement Community and Vitas Hospice who provided excellent care to both Roslyn and the family. 


Should family and friends desire, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in the form of donations to the Alzheimer’s Association on her tribute page at


Memorial Service

10:00 am
Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Gardens at River Farm
7931 E. Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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