Services celebrating the life of Robbie Juanita Sepolen, 105, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 05, 2008 at Emanuel Chapel United Methodist Church with the Reverend Bennie Alcorn officiating. Following the service Robbie will be carried in a horse drawn funeral coach to Greenleaf Cemetery. Gran passed from this life into eternity on June 29, 2008.
Robbie Juanita Sepolen affectionately known as “Gran,” was born in Lampasas, TX on August 7, 1902 to Robert and Ella Perkins Moore, she was the eldest of two girls
Robbie grew up in Brownwood where she attended school and was in the first class to graduate from the Brownwood Colored High School in 1918, later changed to the Rufus F. Hardin High School. She went on to attend Sam Houston College. In 1920 she married John W. Sepolen III, and became mother to three children and foster mother to one son.
Gran served as a teacher, librarian and as an aide in the Brownwood School District until she retired.
She shared her love of the arts as an arts and crafts teacher at the Senior Citizens Center in Spokane, Wash.; and at the Agape Senior Club of Seaside, Cal.; and the senior center in Monterey, Cal. She was also an active member of the History and Arts Society of Monterey, Cal.
While living in Atlanta, GA with her granddaughter, Robbie Marie, she was an active member of the Emmaus House Senior Center. Robbie exercised her rights as a citizen by registering people to vote and participated in the social action programs and projects of the Silver Foxes.
Her activity in the community was recognized by the proclamation of Robbie Sepolen Day, in honor of her birthdays in 2002, 2005, and 2007 in Seaside, Houston and Seattle. She was also honored by Senator Hillary R. Clinton and the late Governor Ann Richardson.
Gran enjoyed traveling and the history and beauty of being with people around the world. Her travels included Hawaii, Belize, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and throughout the United States.
She was also involved in local history and participated in many cultural events. In 1999 and 2002 she rode in the Prairie View Multi Cultural Trail Riders Association rides from Leander and Galveston respectively. She has served as Grand Marshal in two Juneteenth parades in Brownwood. In 2001 she was honored as rodeo queen for the Cowboys of Color Rodeo in Houston.
Last August, Emmanuel Chapel United Methodist Church in Brownwood, honored her 105th birthday as they celebrated the church’s 105th anniversary. The congregation provided a cake and dinner. In May, 2008 Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, recognized her as the oldest living former student.
She was proceeded in death by husband, John III; her sons John W. and Warren Lee. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Bobbie Jean Slaughter and granddaughter, Robbie Evans, of Houston, with whom she lived until her passing; one daughter in law, 12 grand children; 16 great grandchildren; 21 great, great grandchildren; and one great, great, great grandchild.
All arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Kirk Mortuary in Coleman, Texas.
Memorials in honor of Robbie may be made to R. F. Hardin Museum, Inc. P.O. Box 1968, Brownwood, Texas, 76804.