June 16, 2017


Mrs. Virginia Robbins, 89, formerly of Fort Plain, N.Y., died Friday, June 16, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Schaghticoke.

Born on Aug. 17, 1927, in Allamuchy, N.J., she was the daughter of Charles and Clara Elston. She was a resident of the Fort Plain area for over 40 years, previously residing in Butler, N.J.

She, along with her husband, owned and operated Robbins Dairy Farm in Fort Plain.

She was of Methodist faith.

Mrs. Robbins enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and playing rummy. She was an avid WWE Wrestling fan.

On March 10, 1941, Virginia was married to Harold Robbins. He preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1985. Her daughter, Lillian Dilts, and her brothers and sisters also predeceased her.

Mrs. Robbins is survived by her five children, Shirley MacKay of Warwick, N.Y., Nancy Fanslau of Saddle Brook, N.J., Diane Milbauer of Pompton Lakes, N.J., Harold Robbins of Half Moon, N.Y., and Lorraine Robbins of Schaghticoke, N.Y.; many grandchildren, including grandson, Andrew Robbins, who she helped raise; and several great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at The Chapel of Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center St., Fort Plain, N.Y., with the Rev. Alan Griffith officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Freysbush Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mrs. Virginia Robbins may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Bldg. 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Robbins at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.