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Family remembers slain woman as loving, giving

POSTED: December 30, 2013 11:37 p.m.
/For The Times

Peggie Robinson

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Family and friends praised Peggie Robinson as selfless and loving, traits that would mark even her life’s final act.

The 61-year-old Gainesville woman had helped to raise the 6-year-old son of her son’s girlfriend, going as far as serving as a go-between in a custody situation involving the girlfriend and biological father.

This past weekend, she was stabbed to death as she tried to drop off the child with the father, Wolf Griffin, who has been charged with her murder and is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail.

“In her role as Nana Peggie, she found joy and happiness,” the family said in Robinson’s obituary. “In the end, she gave her life for this child.”

While Gwinnett County police worked to find out what happened Saturday at Griffin’s house near Dacula, Robinson’s loved ones spent Monday trying to make sense out of a senseless tragedy.

“You just really can’t deal with it and, at this stage, it’s like it’s unreal,” said her mother, Peggie Colvin. “We can’t absorb that something like this could have happened. It’s just unbelievable.”

Rick Aiken, retired executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, was a longtime friend who said he was “floored” by the news of Robinson’s death.

“She was such a special lady,” he said. “I just can’t say enough good things about her.”

Robinson “loved people and she loved animals,” Aiken said. “She was such a benefit to the humane society. You could call on her to do anything.”

Her love for animals began as a child. Later in life, she trained her beloved border collie, Boo, for agility trials.

In addition to her work with the humane society, she frequently worked in the adoption center at PetSmart.

“Many dogs and cats found their way into loving homes due to Peggie’s efforts,” states the obituary.

But the Louisiana native had many other passions, including celebrating fall, during which she would hold Halloween parties for her children and other relatives and friends.

She also was an avid gardener, growing a large variety of plants, including fruit trees, vegetables, botanicals, annuals, perennials and herbs.

Robinson also worked in insurance and later became a financial adviser in partnership with her father at Merrill Lynch in Gainesville, eventually retiring from there.

In the past few years, she devoted a lot of time and energy to the 6-year-old child, Paul.

“The child’s mother and father were not married and had a rather antagonistic relationship,” Colvin said. “He wanted to get custody, but he had visitation (rights). Because of the bad feelings between the girlfriend and this guy, Peggie was taking the son to this man’s parents’ house, where he lived, for the (New Year’s) week.”

Robinson “believed that children deserve to have adults in their lives that care about them unconditionally,” her obituary states. “Her life is testimony to that belief.”

Colvin and her husband, Leonard, said they learned about her daughter’s death through one of Robinson’s sons, Dennis.

It was a devastating blow.

“You just spend time in tears and remembering the good times,” she said. “And then, you miss her again when you see some plants she planted. It’s just something I don’t know how you deal with.”

Memorial services are set for 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, with the family receiving friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.


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