The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 22, 2014

Philippine woman shares missions, life experiences with others



“When I went back to the Philippines, Michigan wanted me back, but I got sent to Texas instead. I was so disappointed, but it worked out because that's where I met my husband.”

Robertson met the love of her life — John Clement Robertson — in the Corpus Christi area while working under the auspices of the Texas Concert of Churches. They married in 1960. He was the son of a Belgian missionary, born in the African congo.

“We both had degrees in music,” Robertson said. “He played the piano and the organ.”

At one point, they went to San Francisco, where her husband attended theological school. She taught special education during that time. They later moved back towards Texas, serving in White Deer near Pampa in Texas and in Oklahoma churches.

“There were a lot of international wives near the Air Force base, so I would help them transition here,” Robertson said.

In 2006, the Robertsons moved back to the Philippines due to her husband's health issues, where she has stayed since that time except when visiting family in the United States.

“He had Parkinson's. I had more help there with my family and it cost less for the medical expenses,” Robertson said. “I really felt it was the place to go.”

Her husband passed away in 2011. The Robertsons were married for 51 years and have one daughter, 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She has three grandchildren who live in the Palestine/Elkhart area including Elizabeth Starr and her husband Charles, whom she is staying with right now. Other local grandchildren include Johnathan Cochran in Palestine and Timothy Cochran in Elkhart.

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