Winifred M. “Winnie” Robinson

Winnie Robinson PhotoWinifred Mae (Sersain) Robinson Obituary

Winifred Mae Robinson died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. She was 94.

Winnie was born July 31, 1923 in Canon City, Colorado to Cloyd and Grace Sersain.  During her early years, her family lived in South Seattle; Ontario, Oregon; Marsing, Idaho and Homedale, Idaho where in 1941 she graduated high school.  Winnie spent her college freshman year at George Fox College, completing her degree in Home Economics at the University of Idaho.  After graduation, Winnie taught Home Economics at Nampa High School for one year.

On September 8, 1946, Winnie married Ron Robinson at her parents’ home in Caldwell and after honeymooning at Wallowa Lake, the newlyweds returned to Moscow where Ron completed his degree.  Between 1947 and 1953, sons Dennis, Jim and Jerry were born in Moscow.

In 1955 the Robinsons moved to Homedale, Idaho where they rented Winnie’s parents’ farm.  In addition to being a hard working farm wife and mother to three growing boys, in 1958 Winnie began teaching Home Economics, Health and General Science at Homedale High School.  During their time on the farm, Winnie and Ron were active members of the local Presbyterian Church and participated in numerous community activities.

Winnie, Ron, and the boys returned to Moscow in 1965 where Ron assumed management of Stubbs Seed Services. Winnie pursued a lifelong interest in art and design, especially the fiber arts, weaving and spinning.  Membership in the Weaver’s Guild brought her great satisfaction, inspiration, and enduring friendships.  She was also involved in personal investing, hosting international exchange students, as well as church, community and University activities. In 1972, Ron and Winnie constructed a new home on Moscow Mountain where they lived until 1992.  In later years Ron and Winnie enjoyed traveling to Japan, throughout Canada and the United States with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years in March of 2015 as well as two brothers, Gale and Braton Sersain.

Winnie is survived by her sons Dennis (Nancy), Jim (Mary), and Jerry (Carol) as well as her sister Ruth Disher of Canon City, Colorado, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at ten o’clock AM, Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Moscow, Idaho.  Following the service a luncheon will be held at the University Inn – Best Western Hotel from noon until 2:00 PM.  Private interment will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Moscow Cemetery.

Memorials can be directed to the Margret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences; University of Idaho Foundation; 875 Perimeter Dr., MS 443147; Moscow, Idaho 83844-3147.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

3 Responses to Winifred M. “Winnie” Robinson

  1. Paula Simon Kessler says:

    Dennis and family
    So sorry to hear that you lost your mother. She was a great teacher and I enjoyed her classes. It was nice having you as a classmate too. I send deep heart felt sympathy for you loss.

  2. Dyanne Nichols says:


  3. Dyanne Nichols says:

    Dear Dennis and family,
    I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a role model, a mentor and a great friend to me. I send my prayers, sympathy and compassion to your family.
    Dyanne Nichols

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