Robin Carlene Dorsett Gurley, 64, of 623 Pecanwood Road, Charlotte, NC 28214 transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House - Huntersville. Robin was born in Winston-Salem, NC, moved to Charlotte during childhood, and graduated from West Mecklenburg High School in 1972. Robin received a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Robin was predeceased by her parents, Carl Edison Dorsett and Delores Lee Thornburg Dorsett. She is survived by her husband, Glenn Alexander Gurley, Jr., her two daughters, Elizabeth Lee “Betsy” Mauney and husband Steven, and Katherine Elaine “Kati” Leach and husband Ray, four grandchildren, Isaac Ryan, Elise Jeannette, Grace Elizabeth, and Cole Xander of the Mauney family, and her grand-dog, Music of the Leach family. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Lee Dorsett Kretschmer and husband Gus, aunts, Sylvia Thornburg Byrd and husband Leon, and Mary-Ann Thornburg Nichols and husband Nick, parents-in-law, Glenn Alexander Gurley, Sr. and Hazel Elizabeth Gentle Gurley, sister-in-law, Pamela Elaine Gurley Mullins and husband David, brother-in-law, Michael James Gurley and wife Susan, as well beloved nieces and nephews: Virginia Lee McLean and husband Michael, Frank Kretschmer, Joseph Greene and wife Amy, Shannon Greene and wife Julie, Christy Ballard and husband Eric, Eric Greene and wife Elisabeth, and Alexandra Mullins.
She spent 18 years as a kindergarten, first-, and second-grade teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, followed by homeschooling her daughters, as well as assisting in the home education of many other children. After her daughters were grown, Robin spent 10 years as an administrative assistant for Patton & Plemmons CPA Firm. Upon retirement, she spent her time making memories with loved ones through frequent fun-filled outings with her grandchildren, trips to her camper at North Myrtle Beach, SC with family and friends, buffet lunches with her husband, and almost-daily visits to Wal-Mart, where she never met a stranger.
For Robin, every day was a celebration. As a lifelong learner, Robin loved books, reading, studying, and planning. She kept beautiful flowers and gardens, as well as regularly fed her beloved backyard birds. Her birdfeeders were never empty, and birds flocked to her as she refilled their seed. Later in life she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a bee keeper. Robin was also a gifted storyteller and thoughtful hostess. Some of her favorite things were the color green, dragonflies, Krispy Kreme donuts, beautiful music, all things Moravian, and the Little House on the Prairie book series, which family members read to her throughout some of the most difficult moments of her last year of life.
Robin was a force be reckoned with and she always said that she wanted her life to mean something, making a difference in this world, living a life that mattered. She accomplished exactly that. As a wise mentor, loving wife and mother, and affectionate grandmother she impacted the world in ways that will never be forgotten.
A memorial service to celebrate Robin’s life will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Holly on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6 PM. Her family will receive friends from 4-5:45 PM at the church’s Fellowship Hall with Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Levine & Dickson Hospice House - Huntersville, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078, to support the efforts of this amazing organization as they continue to provide exemplary end-of-life care and compassion.
Jeffrey S. Painter Funeral Director Licensee of Mount Holly is serving the Gurley family. www.jeffreyspainterfdl.com 704-827-5020
Levine & Dickson Hospice House - Huntersville
11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville NC 28078