YARMOUTH — Margaret “Peg” Calkins Robinson, 100, died Aug. 17.
She was born Nov. 26, 1914, in North Abington, Massachusetts, the daughter of Florence and Arthur Calkins. Margaret grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts, on a fruit farm that sold apples, peaches and pears. With her siblings, she later celebrated these years with stories of tending the farm and traveling to school on a horse-drawn barge.
She graduated from Concord High School in 1933 and from Massachusetts State College in 1937. In 1938, she married Leonard C. Robinson, and the couple soon moved to Yarmouth. There, they farmed and raised two children: Rebecca, born in 1940, and Cary, who was born in 1943 with Down syndrome.
Rather than institutionalizing her son, as children with the condition often were, Robinson ensured he lived an active life at home as much as possible. She also worked at the Pineland Farms school to help other children learn to care for themselves in a home-like setting.
Robinson loved people, and enjoyed telling stories, knitting, sewing, reading, writing and surfing the web to learn about the latest “new thing.” She lived for many years in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and then Richmond, Virginia, with her daughter and son-in-law. Robinson returned with them to Yarmouth in August.
She was deceased by her husband, Leonard, in 1990; her parents; three siblings, Dorothy Otter, David Calkins and Robert Calkins; and her son, Cary, in 1977.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca, and her husband, David Marsland, of Yarmouth; four grandchildren, Thomas Marsland and his wife, Joanna Ruth, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Eric-John Marsland and his wife, Amy Thompson, of Cincinnati, Katryn-Ann Banton and her husband, Dean, of Richmond, Virginia, and Jennifer Marsland, of Richmond, Virginia; seven great-grandsons, David, Harris, Phillip, Mac, Thomas, George and Ernest; and a sister, Barbara Eliades.
A private graveside service and life celebration will be held in early October.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Robinson’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.