Constance Marie Roundtree Robinson was born June 19, 1925, in Wallis, Texas. She was the second of twelve children born to Andrew Mack and Hallie Mae Myrtle Flakes Roundtree. She began her formal education at the age of 7. In order for her to go to school Constance along with her siblings walked 3 miles per day.
She was baptized early in life as a member of the Galilee Baptist Church and was a member of the Baptist Young People Union (BYPU).
On May 17, 1940 at the age of 15, she graduated as the Salutatorian of her Class from J.O. Williams High School in Wallis, Texas.
In 1945, at the age of 20, she traveled to Fort Worth, Texas by Santa Fe Train to live with and care for her Aunt Hallie. She moved to Temple, TX in 1946 and began work as the Hand-operated Elevator Attendant at King’s Daughters Hospital. A year later she was employed as a Nanny and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Upon returning to Temple, she worked as a short order cook at the Santa Fe Café where she met Ural “Sonny” Robinson, Jr. whom she married. To this union they were blessed with 7 children (Sandra, Jackie, Rita, Donald, Joyce, Carl and Colleen), 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She became a member of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Temple, TX and was a member of the Heroines of Jericho, Rising Sun Court #150 for over 60 years.
Constance learned how to drive Sonny’s 1957 Chevrolet (floor stick shift) at the age of 28. Being able to drive came in handy for chauffeuring her 7 children, some of her grandchildren and many others to school events and practices of all types including sports, academic and band.
As a Parent, she attended PTA meetings, sewed costumes, baked a million chocolate cakes with chocolate icing made from scratch…stirring them by hand for cake walks, birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations. Throughout the years, Constance enjoyed baking other items and giving them away like ice box cookies, peach and dew berry cobblers, pecan pies, pear and plum preserves, vanilla and chocolate pudding and her very tasty bread pudding. Pineapple upside-down cakes were reserved for the yearly Family Reunions. For Halloween she enjoyed preparing popcorn balls and candied apples.
With all she did during the week to keep her family going along with working and getting up before dawn Monday – Friday to prepare Sonny a hot breakfast and a brown bag lunch, she always prepared a hot Sunday Dinner with homemade yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls on special occasions.
In February of 1999, Constance & Sonny were blessed to Celebrate 50 years of Marriage and two months later her beloved Sonny passed away.
On June 19, 2015, for her 90th Birthday, Constance was honored by Family with a Birthday Celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn. Her 95th Birthday was celebrated with family at a nursing home in Temple and her 96th Birthday was celebrated by family with a Drive-by Parade.
Constance departed this life on May 4, 2022, in Temple, TX. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, husband, 2 brother’s Andrew and Henry Roundtree, 5 sisters, Delphine Roundtree, Frankie Palmer, Mamie Cyrs, Mary Anderson, Susie Etta Hill, her daughter Joyce Robinson and grandson Justin Robinson.
Left to cherish her memory are daughter’s Sandra Moffett and Rita Humphrey of Temple, TX. Colleen Robinson of Greenbelt MD, and son’s Jackie (Patricia) of Dallas, TX, Donald Robinson of Temple, TX and Carl (Denetia) Robinson of Pearland, TX., three sisters, Rezaly Malone, Sara Young, Lena Roundtree, and brother Edward Aaron Roundtree. Twelve grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.