Jean West Robbins dies; Arlington homemaker

March 6

Jean West Robbins, an Arlington County homemaker, died Feb. 19 at The Fairfax military retirement community at Fort Belvoir, Va. She was 93.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said her son David Robbins.

Jean West was a native of Springfield, Mo., and a 1943 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.

She accompanied her husband on Army assignments, including to Turkey, where she taught at a school for military dependents in the 1950s.

After settling in Arlington in 1959, she worked for the Veterans Administration as a psychometrist administering psychological and other tests. She volunteered with the Arlington Ladies, who assist families during burials at Arlington National Cemetery, and at the Fort Myer Thrift Shop.

Her husband of 62 years, retired Army Col. Alvin D. Robbins, died in 2006.

Survivors include two sons, David Robbins of West Hartford, Conn., and Andrew Robbins of Urbana, Ill.; and five granddaughters.

— Emily Langer

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