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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, February 24, 2002
Robin Barnett Francis, nee Oakley
Will be remembered as a treasured wife, loving mother, devoted friend and gracious woman. With family at her side, Robin passed away on January 30, 2002, at the age of 59, in the sun-drenched San Diego home that she shared with her husband Blair.
Born and raised in Mill Valley, Robin attended Tamalpais High School and obtained a degree in Education from San Jose State. Robin taught school for a short time in Stockton before returning to Marin County where she taught elementary school for over 15 years. Former students will vividly recall "Miss Barnett's" enthusiasm and caring spirit in the classroom. Robin treasured her time with the students and took great joy in following the progress of these children as they grew to adulthood and made their way in the world.
A strong and independent woman, Robin single-handedly raised her only daughter Michelle and took great pride in the home that she created for her little family. With her daughter grown, Robin re-united with her high-school sweetheart, Blair Francis of San Diego.
Robin and Blair married December 24, 1988 in Stinson Beach, California. They lived in San Diego where they shared their love for photography and travel. Active in the Sierra Club, Robin worked as property manager for Navy Housing.
One of the things that Blair loved most about Robin was the way she related to people and the fact that she was always so thoughtful, loving and considerate. She thoroughly enjoyed being with others and loved to sit and talk with friends for hours. A compassionate person, Robin was a wonderful listener and confidante, always available to lend an ear. She gave freely of herself and her time to family and friends.
Robin was known for her passion for gardening. She loved to get her hands dirty and spent many hours volunteering to beautify areas of San Diego. At home, when not in the garden, Robin was busy developing her remarkable skill as a photographer. Many will treasure the beautiful cards that Robin created, featuring amazing portrayals of flowers, sunsets, sea gulls and people.
Preceded in death by her parents, Nelda and Robert Oakley of Marin and her sister Lynda Spangler of Petaluma, Robin is survived by her husband and best friend, Blair Francis of San Diego, daughter Michelle Barnett of San Francisco, brother-in-law Wendell Spangler of Petaluma, niece Laurie Emery of Colorado and nephew Bo Spangler of Petaluma.
Robin was a wonderful woman, a dear friend and a beautiful blessing to all who had the privilege to know her. Robin will be remembered with great fondness, joy and love by the many who adored her.
In honor of the blessing that Robin was to her family and friends, celebrations of her life will be held on her birthday, April 21, 2002, in San Diego and another in the Spring under the apple blossoms on her sister's farm in Petaluma.
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