Alice Anita Fischer Robinson, 90, of Salem died March 9, 2010. She was a member of the Roanoke Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In addition to her parents, Otto and Effie Fischer of Clifton Forge, she was preceded in death by sisters Margaret F. Lee, Lillian F. Osman, Dorothy F. Luck and Jacqueline “Jackie” F.L. Agnor and brothers Michael “Mickie” B. Fischer and Llewellyn “Llew” L. Fischer. Survivors include former husband William H. Robinson of Roanoke, son David J. Robinson of Salem, daughter Catherine R. Manning and husband Perry; grandchildren Justin, Nathaniel and Brittany Manning of Roanoke; Christopher Manning and wife Courtney of Centerville, and Jamey Robinson; and great-granddaughter Savannah Robinson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; her sisters Gloria F. Lewis of Danville and Shirley F. Pleasants and husband Wilbur of Salem, and brother Robert “Bob” C. Fischer of Roanoke; sisters-in-law Virgilene Fischer of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and Jacqueline “Jackie” Fischer of Roanoke.
She graduated from Central High School in Lowmoor, and enjoyed playing the clarinet in the Clifton Forge Community Band. During World War II she and her mother would take their record recording machine to Woodrow Wilson Military Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville where they would play the piano and sing with the wounded men and women. They would record messages of the service men and women’s voices to send to their loved ones back home.
She worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad in Clifton Forge and Waynesboro, until moving to Takoma Park, Md., where she worked for a Seventh-Day Adventist vegetarian food supplier. After moving to Roanoke she worked for the Remington Rand Small Appliance Co., and the Virginia State Employment Commission. She was a member of the National Speleological Society, the Roanoke Civil Air Patrol and hiked with the Appalachian Trail Club.
Anita designed clothes and wore many of her original creations. She and her former husband were chosen king and queen of the Roanoke Valley Mardi Gras, for which she designed their costumes. She also composed music and poetry, played the piano and violin and was a gifted vocalist.
A celebration of her life will be held on March 14 at John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem with pastors Bob Thurman and Ernest Kitney officiating. Nephew Mark Pleasants will sing a solo and son-in-law Perry Manning will sing an original composition and accompanied himself on guitar. Memorials may be made in Anita’s name to the piano fund of the Roanoke Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 4120 Challenger Ave., Roanoke, VA 24012, or your favorite charity.
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