Gertrude L. Robbins, 1922-2017

LANGDON, N.H. – Gertrude L. Robbins died Oct. 2, 2017. She was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Alstead, N.H., the daughter of G. Marion (Jacobs) Batchelder and Ernest F. Batchelder, Sr.

Her childhood was spent in Alstead and Langdon and she was a graduate of Vilas High School. Her family operated the Meat Market in Alstead and she would tell how she enjoyed working there with the produce and groceries. On Aug. 2, 1942, she married Carroll A. Robbins. For many years they operated a dairy farm on Ball Hill Road, Langdon. Gertrude also worked seasonally at Woodward’s in Walpole making Christmas wreaths, as other area women did at that time.

In 1967 they sold the farm, retaining land across the road where they built a new house. They Iived there the rest of their lives. Gertrude also worked at Walpole Wire until she retired. She continued to live in her home and for many years did all the upkeep of home, lawns and gardens herself.

Gertrude enjoyed caring for horses, having grown up with them, having one of her own as an adult, and later caring for her sister’s horse. She had been active earlier in choir, church summer musical productions and later in the Langdon Players, participating in plays they performed. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings for special events.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1986 and later by her brothers and sisters: Robert H. Batchelder, Dorathy and Stanley Ring, Mildred and Joseph Gryszko, Floris and Ernest F. Batchelder, Jr.; a niece and nephews. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Madeline Batchelder; nieces, nephews, and their extended families. This includes some who spent childhood summers at the farm and several who assisted her in later years.

At her request, there will be no services and burial will be private. Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, Bellows Falls, Vt., is in charge of arrangements.

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