Martha McAshan Guerin

June 20, 1938April 24, 2021

Martha McAshan Guerin, 82, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2021 after a period of failing health. She was born on June 20, 1938 in Houston, TX to Harris and Frances (Corn) McAshan. She grew up in River Oaks and spent time at her grandparents’ ranches in Tarrant and Parker counties. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio and attended the University of Texas in Austin.

Martha married James T. Robison III, MD and they raised their family in Austin. She was active in the Junior League of Austin and served on the board of the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation. Martha was an artist/sculptor and was an owner of the Kerbey Lane Art Gallery in the 1980’s. She was especially proud of one of her sculptures, Sandcastles, which is displayed in the Healing Garden at Dell Children’s Medical Center. It is a life-sized seascape of three children playing in the sand.

Later in life, Martha married John Guerin, a retired University of Texas Art Professor. Together they travelled around the world and shared their love of art. John and Martha enjoyed 25 happy years of marriage until his death in 2006.

Most importantly, Martha was a loving mother and was devoted to her family. A true Texas Matriarch, she was a beloved mother to her 4 children and their spouses, a beloved grandmother of 7, and great-grandmother of 5. She was a sister, aunt, great aunt and friend. Martha was a kind and generous person who loved to be with others. Her compassion and dedication to those around her was always evident and she loved that many of her friends and extended family considered her to be a second mom to them.

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husbands, John Guerin and Jim Robison, her daughter, Helen Brady, and her sister, Ann Baker. She is survived by her children, James Robison IV (Cheryl), Frances Osborne and Joel Robison; her son-in-law, Steven Brady; her grandchildren Hunter Houston (Elizabeth), Louisa Houston Vann (Philip), Mac Brady, James Robison V (Lauryn), Thomas Robison (Caroline), Kathryn Robison and Kylar Osborne; her great-grandchildren, Martha Winslow Vann, Houston Vann and Henley, James VI and Peyton Robison; her sister, Aline Gaubert (Paul); her first husband, Whipple Newell; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the many people who have helped Martha in the past few years and especially the past few months. She appreciated each of her various ‘caregivers’ and thought of them all as friends. A special thanks goes to Erika Munoz for her dedication to Martha.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 pm at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703. A reception will follow at Westwood Country Club, 3808 W. 35th St. Austin, TX 78703.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Reception

    Thursday, May 13, 2021


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May 13, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Martha from growing up across the street from her on Northwood . She was always so sweet as us neighborhood kids ran back and forth from her house to Verde Bank Circle.
I loved all of her art! She was so talented!
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family!
Hallie Ferguson

Mia Peluso

May 3, 2021

Joel and family,
So sorry for your loss. What an amazing woman she was. As you mourn the loss of a very special lady, may you find strength in all of your wonderful memories together. She will never be far from your hearts. She will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you guys.


Mary Batlan

April 28, 2021

With sympathy and prayers in your time of loss,
Mary Lou and Westlake United Methodist Church, friends of Becky & Lauren.