Helen Robb celebrates 90 years

Helen and Merle Robb in San Antonio, Texas in 1933.

She was on the team of people who peitioned for the creation of the indoor pool, which people of Winslow still enjoy today.

Helen was also part of the group that worked to get the 911 Emergency system established in Winslow. Helen and her co-workers attended City Council meetings to bring their attention to the need of the community, writting letters and doing research.

“We didn’t have it and other towns had it and we needed it badley,” Helen said. “It has been absolutely wonderful since it has been installed.”

Helen, who is lovingly called the “Mayor of Mahoney” by former Navajo County Justice of the Peace and long-time neighbor Johnny Butler, is very humble about the things she has been part of getting accomplished in this town she calls her home.

“When Gerry was six-months-old, the railroad said we could move to Needles or to Winslow and we’re still here,” she said. “We’ve seen Winslow grow and we’ve also seen it lose a few businesses, but it’s home.”

Helen thinks of Winslow as sort of a melting pot for people. “When we came here, we were all from different locations and worked for Santa Fe,” she explained, “but a lot of us are still here.”

Helen had a great time at her party and could only describe it using one word: Fabulous.

“I was just happy I could be here and enjoy my friends and family, they really are great people,” she said.

“I’m lucky to have had good health,” she said, “it has been a wonderful life, just priceless.”

She listed five accomplishments she is proud to have done in her life, “being a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a mother-in-law and a friend.”

Helen has 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.


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