It is with great sadness that family announce the passing of Christy Lynne Spiro Robinson at her home in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on September 27, at the age of 71, after a short battle with cancer.
Christy was born to Doris O. Spiro and George J. Spiro on June 4, 1950, and lived her early years in San Diego, California. She attended Horace Mann High School. The family moved across the country to Oxon Hill, Maryland in 1967.
She graduated from Potomac Senior High School in Oxon Hill and later attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she took classes in art and education.
In 1971 Christy returned to California, where in 1974 she gave birth to her daughter April in Palo Alto during her first marriage to L. E. Martin.
In 1982 she married John E. Robinson. Christy and John enjoyed a fun and loving marriage with residences in Chambersburg, Mesa, Arizona, and Cape May, NJ.
Christy loved every child. They were her joy and she dedicated her life’s work to providing safe and nurturing learning environments for children from all walks of life to be cherished as she saw them, each a gift to the world.
She was president of the Early Childhood Consortium of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from 1993-1995, their mission statement ‘Good beginnings never end’ was something she firmly believed. “Miss Chris” worked numerous roles as director, educator, and family advocate from 1980 to 2006. Making a positive impact for children as Head Teacher at Learning Tree Trinity Lutheran, The Director at Rural Opportunities Migrant Head Start, and supervisory roles at preschools to include St. Paul’s Methodist Church and Menno Haven. She provided education lectures at Penn State Extension Services and served as a family advocate for parents and children through Manito Inc.
In retirement, Christy continued with her passion working as a special education teacher for the Mesa School District, receiving honorary awards and heartfelt thank you letters from parents. She also worked at the Dobson Ranch Library in Mesa.
Christy enjoyed traveling and spending time with her husband and family, especially her daughter and granddaughters, who were her world. She enjoyed hosting family and friend gatherings, welcoming everyone with a smile. She always wanted to make sure everyone was happy, fed, entertained, and comfortable.
She had vast knowledge of all things. She was an avid reader, poet, and witty conversationalist, genuinely engaging with each person she met with humor and grace. She greatly enjoyed gardening, and her home was always surrounded by flourishing flowers and a vegetable garden.
Christy is survived by husband John Robinson of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; daughter April T. Martin Gray, son-in-law Jeremy Gray, and granddaughters Zoe and Lucy Gray of Prescott, Arizona; her brothers Dennis J. Spiro and wife Paula Firestone Spiro of Fullerton, California; and Thomas A. Spiro and his wife Alicia Lamitie Spiro of Norwalk, Connecticut; her sister Mary A. Spiro and husband Jason Waldmann of Pikesville, Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother John A. Spiro in 2011 and by her parents.
In honor of her love for children and literature, the family requests donations be made to the Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg or the Dobson Ranch Library in Mesa.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd, Chambersburg.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
The service will be streamed live here. The live stream will start shortly before 3 p.m. and be on for the duration of the service.
Online condolences may be left at the funeral home’s website.