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Roberta "Robin" Dougher Branigan
30 septembre 1933 – 5 juin 2021
Roberta “Robin” Branigan, of Bellaire at Stone Port Assisted Living passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Harrisonburg VA. Robin was 87.
Robin was born and raised in Chatham, New Jersey. She graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture in Ambler Pennsylvania and shortly afterwards married Bill Branigan. Bill had a degree in Dairying Husbandry and during the early years of their marriage, they managed large dairy farms. Bill moved to a job with the National Institutes of Health as a laboratory technician in the cancer research division, and in 1962, they moved to Accra, Ghana (West Africa) where Bill worked to bring health services to Ghanaians by building clinics and setting up health care infrastructure. In 1964, they returned to the U.S. and established a family farm in Tioga County, PA. They lived in the original 1870’s four-room farmhouse for two years with no running water or plumbing and a wood- and coal-fired heat stove before Robin got tired of trekking to the outhouse in the winter and put her foot down and the family built a house with all of the “modern conveniences.” They grew all their own vegetables, milked their cows by hand, raised calves, pigs, and goats and traded milk and butter for eggs.
A few years later Bill joined the Soil Conversation Service in the US Department of Agriculture, a job that took Robin and Bill to four different locations in Pennsylvania and eventually to Maine.
In 1985, Robin and Bill opened The Roaring Lion, a Bed and Breakfast in Waldoboro, Maine, which soon became well known throughout New England for their home-style hospitality and amazing breakfasts. They owned the B&B for 25 years, until retiring and moving to Virginia to be closer to family.
Robin was a voracious reader and letter writer, a master pie baker and a loving and caring friend. She could walk through the countryside and identify every tree, flower, weed and grass. She had a powerful faith in God and was an inspiration to her family and everyone who knew her, and she stayed in contact with scores of friends from all over the world throughout her entire life. Bill passed away in 2014, but Robin is survived by her sons Michael (Jan) Branigan, Matthew (Marianne) Branigan and Andrew (Camincha) Branigan; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in the fall of 2021. Friends who would like to be notified of the service will kindly email their contact information to RobinBranigan@gmail.com.
Lindsey Funeral Homes in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Fall of 2021
Roberta "Robin" Dougher Branigan
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11 juin , 2021
My dearest friend,
You were a special gift from God placed on this earth to spread goodwill and love to all of us. I loved our Facetime talks and I'm sorry we never had that day together that we had planned. My heart is full and my tears are met with sadness and joy. I know your resting in the arms of our Lord and for that I am truly happy, but I know the world is a much sadder place without you in it.
I love you Ms. Robin and I will never forget you.
8 juin , 2021
Our hearts are so saddened to hear of sweet Robin. Her loving spirit and care of others was a beautiful example to all. We will miss visiting with her and the joy she added to our lives.
Our thoughts and prayers continue for your love and healing.
J. Burns D.D.S. & SPA 122
Dr. Jeff & Eva Burns, Teri, Teresa, Sara R., Laurie, Megan, Ginger, Sara S., Katie, & Kelly.
Teresa & Teri J. Burns D.D.S.
8 juin , 2021
Our hearts are saddened by the loss of this beautiful flower. Our hearts are full for the love and joy she so lovingly shared. Our hearts will forever hold her dear and our thoughts will always fondly remember our dear friend. We will miss her and treasure our handwritten cards from her. We were blessed by her.
Our love, prayers for comfort are for her children and her family. May you stay in the warmth of her sunshine and your memories.
6 juin , 2021
I have known Robin for the last 3 1/2 years. She would come up front and see me in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoon. It has been an honor to have known her and listen to her stories from childhood to adulthood. She loved to write letters and send cards. My heart is heavy and I miss her. I love you Robin.