Beryl Robin Wegner passed away December 16, 2013, with her husband Steve at her side. Her long struggle with genetic inherent dementia, which had digressed into Alzheimer’s, is finally over.
She was born November 21, 1935, in Santa Ana, CA, to Elizabeth Lillus (Straw) and Shelby Melvin Watts. As an only child she was raised in Long Beach, CA, graduating from Wilson High School. In school she learned and played the flute, and she loved to sing. As a girl she enjoyed fishing with her dad and later on she enjoyed hunting, shooting, gardening, reading, knitting and her cooking was unexcelled, among other interests.
In 1954 she married William Jon Greene. To this union were born four children, Tanna Elizabeth, Jon Shelby, Mark Kennedy, and Matthew William. They made their homes in Seattle, WA, Palm Desert, CA, Long Beach, CA, and moved to Rockland, ID, in 1971, where they helped own and operate the Rockland Merc for just over a year.
Robin’s first employment was at Woolworth’s department store during high school, Learner’s clothing store at a later date, and Rockland School cafeteria. She also drove truck hauling potatoes for Merle Friesen for 13 years. Her husband Bill was killed in an automobile accident in 1973. She then married Stephen Eugene Wegner on December 31, 1973. To this marriage were born two more children, Scott Stephen and Christina Robin.
Robin worked side by side with Steve making a warm loving home and helping with the farm, sawmill operation, and caring for many in her family and community. She had a care and unconditional love to all who knew her.
Robin gave her life to Jesus as a young girl at the United Brethren Church youth camp alongside her lifelong best friend Mary “Lulu” Guzman. Her love for Christ never waned. Just days before her passing when asked “Do you still love the Lord?” Her immediate response was “Oh Yes!” Even her illness could not take that away.
She considered her special nieces Kari and Sherrie Wegner and her nephew John Wegner as “her kids too!” Many others considered her home as their home; family and friends alike. She was an active member of the Rockland First Congregational Church for many years long before taking official membership. She served at church wherever needed and taught Sunday school many years. Two of the last vehicles she drove could always be singled out by the “Jesus Is My Best Friend” sticker on the back. Robin took the Lord’s command to “suffer not the little children…” She always had a special love and attention for each grandchild and when with them, each one felt special. Her effect on all alike was that same way, family or friend.
She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Lillus and Archibald Straw, paternal grandparents Katherine and Charles Watts, husband William Greene, brother-in-law F. Fred Wegner, and infant niece Darlene Beryl Wegner.
She is survived by her husband Stephen E. Wegner, children Tana (Ron) Cannon, Jon (Nancy) Greene, Mark Greene, Matthew (Sun Mi) Greene, Scott Wegner, Christina Entzel, 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, sister in law Cora Wegner, nieces Kari (Vince) Versace, Sherrie (Jody) Porath, and nephew John Wegner (Dawn Lehman), along with numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at noon in the Rockland Valley View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.
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