In Memoriam

Longtime QCI member Diane Dannelly Robinson passed away in Plano, Texas, on May 26, 2020. 

Born and raised in Dallas, Diane graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, playing golf and was devoted to her family.

Meeting the love of her life on a New Year’s Eve blind date, Diane married William “Jack” Robinson in May 1964. Diane and Jack moved to Oklahoma City for a time, but eventually returned to the Dallas area.

Diane was active in her church, serving on committees and teaching Sunday School classes. While Diane enjoyed knitting, she was also an avid and accomplished needle-pointer.  Working with her sister, they founded “et cetera”, a needlepoint design business, creating and painting original needlepoint canvases and selling to retail shops around the U.S.  She enjoyed traveling with Jack across the U.S., Canada and England, but she especially enjoyed many trips to France.  Diane was instrumental in helping Lucy Williams and Katie Wiggins Sledge, founders of The Quimper Club International, by serving on the bylaws committee and serving for many years as the treasurer and secretary of the organization. During many trips to France with Jack, her sister or friends, she accumulated a large collection of French faience and antiques through which, she met and enjoyed many new friends throughout North America, the U.K., and Europe.  A friend to all, always eager to help a friend with her steady hand, patience, wisdom and a smile on her face, Diane will be missed.

Diane was predeceased by “Jack” Robinson her husband of 55 years and is survived by sons Stuart and Mark Robinson, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren and sister, Susan Cox, also a member of QCI. 

A memorial service will be held at Third Church of Christ, Scientist in Dallas on a future date when churches are once again open for services. Diane will be laid to rest with her husband Jack, on Tuesday, June 2, at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

Long-time QCI member Ginny To passed away peacefully at home in Fremont, California on August 3, 2018 after an illness of several years. Ginny joined the Quimper Club in 2001 and was an ardent collector of Quimper and Desvres faïences. 

In addition to collecting faïence, she loved to garden, care for her Chihuahuas, swim, and sing karaoke. She spoke French and traveled to France frequently for QCI meetings, to visit family and to purchase faïence. For those fortunate to know her, she was a lovely and generous person. Family and friends will miss her dearly. May the shelves and walls of heaven be lined with French faïence for Ginny!

Qclub member Maggie Calkins has sent the sad news that her mother and fellow Quimper collector, Ann Calkins passed away on Sept 12th. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

You can read the entire obituary on this link: https://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=ann-calkins&pid=193945300

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