Mary A. Robinson

Mary Alice Robinson, 65, of Charlotte, died Friday, February 26, 2021 in Lansing. Mary was born April 18, 1955 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Evelyn (Fegan) Thornberry. She married Sydney Lynn Robinson on May 28, 1971 and were happily married until Sydney’s untimely death in 1989. Mary dedicated much of her life to their son, John. Later, she earned her diploma and her license to practice as a medical assistant. She devoted 20 years to the Eaton County Medical Care Facility before retirement. Mary enjoyed crafting, painting ceramics, and time spent outdoors in her garden. Many will remember her love of butterflies, and, above all, her devotion to her family.
Mary is survived by her son, John Patrick Thornberry and his significant other, Patty Schafer; grandson, John Patrick Thornberry, Jr.; granddaughter, Ashlee Nichole Thornberry; six great-grandchildren; sister, Janice (Don) Keehn; and niece, Angela Keehn. She was predeceased by her husband, Sydney Lynn Robinson; brother, John Dwayne Thornberry; and nephew, Donald Duane Keehn.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to, click on Mary’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Eaton Area Humane Society. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Mary on her tribute page at
The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.