Mr. and Mrs. Meryland Robinson Sr. extends an invitation to the celebration of Mrs. Norien Robinson’s 100th birthday.
Robinson was born to the late Lee Alexander and Avis Wilson in the Cypress Community in Natchitoches Parish Aug. 7, 1921.
Growing up as a child, everyone knew each other from working in the cottonfield. A love of nature and gardening were instilled in her by her grandmother, Mrs. Phelow. Therefore, she loved the outdoors and she still loves the outdoors to this day.
She went to school during the good weather months, from August to December. January and February were the rainy months. She only attended premier to second grade. She has to walk to school and when she did not have shoes to wear, she stayed home.
While working in the cottonfields, she met and married Nathaniel Robinson May 5, 1947. The Rev. John Gaines officiated their wedding. Robinson attended church at Pentecost under Rev. Gaines for years, and was also an usher in the church. She helped Nathaniel raise his four children: Nathaniel Jr., Meryland, Cloggie Lee and Willie.
Determined to never give up, something she learned from her grandmother, she worked and took care of the family. In the early 1990s, she was still cutting her own grass, planting gardens and raising chickens. She learned to drive as the age of 50. She continued to drive, which brought her joy because she felt free. Plants and seeds from the Earth were used for medications, a salve or tea for whatever sickness she had.
Robinson had held her family together with love, laughter and support from neighbors. She lost her husband Feb. 26, 1970. She has been through countless historical events, pandemics, floods and viruses. Covid-19 was not a new experience. She did not think twice when a vaccine was available; she was ready.
Matriarch of the Robinson family, she has outlived all of her siblings and family members in her generation. Her secret to longevity is “staying with the Good Lord and giving thanks every day.” Robinson is in good health, slow to move, but takes walks in her yard daily. Her appetite is in small portions and drinks plenty of water.