ELSIE MARIE (BOMBINO) ROBINETTE
Elsie slipped peacefully into Heaven on Oct. 31, 2018, with her family by her side, into the arms of her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. Elsie was born on Aug. 12, 1928, in Spokane, Washington, to Michelina Lamanna and Joseph Bombino. She was the second of four children. She lived in Spokane for 89 years before moving to an assisted living facility near her daughter in Richland, Wa.
She attended grade school and junior high at St. Aloysius and graduated from Holy Names Academy in 1946. Elsie attended Kelsey-Baird secretarial school and started to work at Jensen-Bird. Elsie met LaVern Robinette and they married in Oct. 1949. Together they welcomed three daughters into their lives and Elsie settled in as a homemaker. Nothing was more important to her than family. After raising her family, Elsie returned to work as a clerk at the Credit Bureau. Elsie and Vern had 52 wonderful years together and, after retirement, they visited seven countries and enjoyed many cruises.
Baking cookies was a passion for Elsie. She knew everyone’s preference and no-one ever left her home without a bag of their favorite treats. Elsie enjoyed crossword puzzles, adult coloring books, collecting Shirley Temple dolls & movies and attending plays; especially ones starring her beloved grandchildren.
Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Vern and daughters Linda Shaw and Karen Robinette. She is survived by her daughter Janet Allen and son-in-law Bill, son-in-law Darryl Shaw, Grandchildren Ryan Shaw (Nicole), Melissa Roth (Brandon), Michaela Loeffler (Charles), Nathaniel Coombs (Jessica), Nicholas Coombs (Briana) and Great Grandchildren Steve & Anna Shaw and Gabrielle & Kian Roth, and her brother Roland Bombino (Mary) and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Elsie’s life will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery & Funeral Center, 7200 N. Wall St., Spokane, at 1pm on Saturday, December 1st. A reception will follow.
We would like to thank our family members and friends who helped Elsie transition to her new life and home in Richland and continued to support her until the very end. We would also like to thank Dr. David Jones, Chaplaincy Hospice Care and the staff at Bonaventure for their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations be made to Honor Flight Northwest, Make a Wish Foundation, or St. Judes.