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Anna Mae Robinson, an incredible mother, daughter, and friend, died quietly Monday, June 27, 2022, at home. She was 79 years old. She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Smith, and her grandmother, Leola Johnson.
Anna was born in Minter, AL, on October 9, 1942, to Isabelle Robinson and Peter Smith. In 1949, she and her mother relocated to Johnstown, PA, where she attended elementary, junior high school, and high school. Soon after graduating from Johnstown High School with the Class of 1961, Anna married the late Arthur J. Rumph, Jr., relocated to New Jersey, and gave birth to her beloved children: James, Darlene, and Michael. She instilled many great values in them, but her signature value was the “Golden Rule:” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Throughout childhood, her children recall the innumerable times she asked them, “How would you like it if someone did that to you?”
Throughout her life, Anna lived in Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Colorado, and Georgia.
She loved God and, over the years, was a faithful member of churches wherever she lived. In Johnstown, PA, she was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and later became a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Andrew Tilley. While in California, she was an usher. In Georgia, she was a member of Berean Christian Church, pastored by Dr. Kerwin B. Lee, where she served in the Greeting Ministry, Economic Empowerment, and other ministries. When she moved to Fayetteville, GA, she joined World Changers Church International, pastored by Dr. Creflo A. and Taffi Dollar, where she served in the New Members Orientation Department.
Anna strongly believed in education. While working full-time and raising her children as a single parent in the ‘70s and ‘80s, she occasionally took college classes as her busy schedule allowed. After her children left the nest, she continued and, after many years of perseverance as a nontraditional student, earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1993 from Chapman University (Colorado Springs, CO). She was 50 years old, and her children couldn’t have been prouder!
Anna loved vegetable and flower gardening, especially with her daughter, and they had a long tradition of gardening on Mother’s Day every year. Several years ago, she was delighted when several of her children, grandchildren, and family friends surprised her by building raised vegetable garden beds in her backyard. She was excited to plant them spring and fall every year and got great satisfaction from growing a large portion of the produce her household enjoyed each summer.
One of Anna’s favorite pastimes was gathering with family and friends on holidays (and any other time for that matter), enjoying great eats, games, fellowship, and conversation. She also enjoyed baking; fishing (grandson Devin was her fishing partner); boating; traveling; walking; bicycle riding; visiting plant nurseries; shopping; and attending plays, musicals, and other live performances.
One of Anna’s most endearing traits was her tremendous spirit of help! When she entered a room, the next thing you’d hear was, “What do you need, do you need some help, or how can I help?” She was always ready to pitch in and lend a helping hand or whatever else might be needed to family, friends, and strangers alike.
Anna is greatly missed by her loving family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Isabelle Robinson (Fayetteville, GA). Her legacy lives on through her devoted children: James D. (Meta) Rumph (Lawrenceville, GA), Darlene D. Rumph-Person (Fayetteville, GA), and Michael J. (Elsa) Rumph, Sr. (Lawrenceville, GA); her eight grandchildren: Tinnera L. Rumph, Toshwuan J.D. Rumph, and Viva A. M. Rumph (James); Daniel I. Person, Darius J. Person, and Devin E. Person (Darlene); and Michael J. Rumph, Jr., and Kiana Rumph (Michael) (all residing in metro Atlanta, GA); and her five great grandchildren: Kamree A. Bolton and Kamron A. Bolton (Tinnera); DeMarcus A. Rumph and A’Lannah R. Rumph (Toshwuan); and Kade J. Torrence (Kiana) (all residing in metro Atlanta). She also leaves to cherish her memory her dear Aunt Liz “Honey” Richardson (Pensacola, FL) and her children; her “bonus” sister, Joanne (Tony) Quarles (Lakeland, FL); her “bonus” brother, Peter (Rose) Smith (Detroit, MI); several sister-friends, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and several of her children’s friends who lovingly saw her as their second mom.
A memorial service to celebrate Anna’s life will be held July 30, at 3:00 p.m. at The Venue at Daisy Hill, 1048 GA-54, Fayetteville, GA. Repast to follow. Flowers and cards can be sent to Darlene at 145 Astral Ct., Fayetteville, GA 30214.
The Robinson family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 W, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left below.