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Frances Pauline Herring Robinette
Birth: Feb. 17, 1925
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1981
Tennessee, USA

My mother Pauline died of lung cancer.

Dedicated to her daughter Kathryn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She was handled by the infamous Georgia Tann, and was flown to adoptive parents in Los Angeles, California.

According to information from Pauline's sister, she married twice, first to a Mr. Massey and second to Mr. Morris Preston Robinette. Pauline and four of her sisters pretty much grew up in St. Peter's Orphanage, McLean and Poplar, Memphis, Tennessee. None of the five placed in the orphanage were adopted. The sixth daughter Emily Nell (born in 1931), was adopted at five weeks old by a couple in Memphis. Emily was also handled by Georgia Tann. Pauline's father lost his bakery business during the depression and they had to put the girls in the orphanage. Their parents (Seburne Eugene & Margaret) later divorced.

The story goes that Pauline (nicknamed "Cookie" by her parents) fell in love with a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps whose name remains unknown. They were to be married, but he went to war and never returned, leaving Pauline unwed and pregnant with her daughter. Pauline chose to give her daughter up for adoption and never had any other children. When she was dying, she confided in her sister that "she wished she had kept her daughter".

Mrs. Pauline Robinette of 4341 Knight-Arnold Road, widow of Morris P. Robinette, died Thursday at St. Francis Hospital. Mass will be said at 2p.m. today at St. Michaels Catholic Church with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown has charge. She leaves a stepdaughter, Mrs. Barbara Ann Garner of Memphis; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Cuneo of Memphis, Mrs. Mary Katherine Lashmet of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Helen Welder of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Barbara Cruikshank of Goose Creek, S.C., and four step grandchildren.

The Commercial Appeal, October 24, 1981

"I may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but I will live on - in the memories of my family and friends. There will always be a part of me living in my husband, my children, my grandchildren, and those who knew me, on and on into eternity. I will truly live on because you remember me!"
-- Author Unknown

Family links: 
  Seburne Eugene Herring (1893 - 1967)
  Margaret Gertrude Siskie Herring (1898 - 1943)
  Morris P. Robinette (1917 - 1980)*
  Margaret Eugenia Herring Cuneo (1918 - 1993)*
  Helen Marie Herring Wendler (1920 - 1998)*
  Mary Kathryn Herring Lashmet (1923 - 2000)*
  Frances Pauline Herring Robinette (1925 - 1981)
  Barbara Ann Herring Giles Cruikshank (1926 - 1992)*
  Barbara Ann Herring Giles Cruikshank (1926 - 1992)*
  Constance Venetia Cook Milligan (1931 - 2016)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: 16A Lot 176 Space North
Maintained by: Karen Baker
Originally Created by: historyseeker
Record added: Aug 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75511123
Frances Pauline <i>Herring</i> Robinette
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Frances Pauline <i>Herring</i> Robinette
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- Honoring your memory
 Added: Jan. 27, 2016
Mother, This would have been your 90th year. Know you are thought of and loved.Merry Christmas and Peace to you,Your Daughter Kathryn and your Sister, Connie (Emily).
- Karen Baker
 Added: Dec. 24, 2015
I am thinking of you and wishing you peace. Love to you, your Kathryn.
- KD Herring
 Added: Nov. 26, 2015
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