Roberta D. Coon, 69, of Columbus, Ohio passed away on April 5, 2023, surrounded by family and loved ones after suffering complications following a stroke.
Robin was born on September 12, 1953, in Columbus, Ohio to the late Lelia Watson and Thomas Scarbrough. Hers was a crazy-quilt blended family, and she embraced them all with her whole heart. There were no “step” or “half” terms attached to them in her eyes, or in the way she thought of them. So, for this telling, none of those labels will be applied.
Robin was preceded in death by her brother Michael Storm Herron, and is survived by her brother Richard Boyd Herron (wife Kathy) of South Carolina and Gwyn E. McGraw of Columbus, Ohio.
From her first marriage, she was blessed with Jared Leigh Scarbrough (wife Tracie, nee Keith) and their children Emma Kathryn Scarbrough and Jake Austin Scarbrough of Lexington, Kentucky. From her second marriage, Robin had three glorious children and another seven grandchildren: daughter Stacey Michelle Cornute of Columbus with grandchildren Jaden Alexander Cornute, Devin Michael Cornute, Brooklyn Jannette Cornute, Londyn Nicole Cornute, son Andrew Stevan Coon (wife Ashley, nee Wince) of Columbus with their boys Tristan Anthony Coon, Tyler Aaron Coon, and Robin’s youngest daughter Lauren Elise Jones (wife Susan) of Brownsville, Ohio with Robin’s grandson Matthew Douglas Coon. Soon to join her grandkids via adoption will be Isabella Marie Garrett and Eliza Jane Garrett.
Cousins, aunts and uncles were equally important to Robin. She maintained connection with all her related kin: the McGraws, the Watsons, the Drapers, the Hatchers, the Coons, the Schlaegels, the Busics, and the Carvers. They count her as a dear relation, and all enjoyed reunions and calls and correspondence with her. She wrote an excellent letter!
She graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1972 and began her work career at Chemical Abstracts Society. It was there that she made life-long friends with whom she shared her energy, generosity, time and heart. She later went on to work at Medary Elementary School as the head secretary. While her 3 youngest children attended school, Robin served as a leader of the Maize Elementary School Parent/Teacher Association.
At home, Robin’s life centered on her family and making a joyful noise whenever possible. Every holiday and birthday was celebrated with decorations, food, games, and gifts. Her home was the place all the kids loved to visit. In between grand parties, Robin was always ready to host game night. Weekends would include cards, movies, board games and/or karaoke. She loved collecting bells, and her favorite color was blue. She was not overly expressive about it, but she had a deep and abiding faith. Those who knew her well would tell you that she insisted that as many lights as possible were always lit. She loved Bugs Bunny, True Crime, and music. Smile…. Love… Sing… Be… These were Roberta’s keystones.
May we profit from her wisdom and her love.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in Roberta’s name can be made to Hospice Care Services.