Eris Holland Robers, 90, died in Orlando, Florida on August 31, 2013.
She was born June 6, 1923, to the late Lucretia Lively and William R.Holland. Eris grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana, graduated from Purdue University and from there worked for the UN in Washington D.C., the child welfare department in Fort Bend, IN, and Denver, CO.
Eris met John Robers in Palm Beach, FL and they married in 1951. When John hired into Patrick Air Force Base, they relocated to Cocoa Beach, Florida, in 1954 - where they braved mosquitoes and the heat, but enjoyed driving and picnicking on the beach and the camaraderie of other Space Coast pioneers. Eris was one of the earliest and longest-serving volunteers at the Cocoa Beach Public Library and served on the Board of Elections for decades. A charter member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, for many years she was an active volunteer, sang in the church choir, and served as church librarian.
Eris taught at Freedom 7 Elementary School for 16 years. She was one who demanded that her students learn Shakespeare, the BASIC MATH FACTS, and the proper use of pronouns! She also was a 4-H leader for over 10 years, overseeing local and regional activities including summers at camp. Her greatest avocation was travel: driving the family through the Rockies, Canada, or New England; touring the world’s capitals and beyond; and attending Elderhostels far and wide with her beloved Gang of Four. From one trip she even brought back….yes!....a kitchen sink!
She also loved reading, quilting, throwing a good party, and quality time with her gal pals. To her children and grandchildren she was the one who could scare your friends with a really good ghost story, put together amazing Halloween costumes, turn an old VW van into an RV, and always had time for a book.
It should be noted that until her final days, Eris was still buying SHOES.
Eris is warmly remembered as a kind, thoughtful, self-effacing and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. When she saw a need she found a way to address it. She was an excellent listener, a resourceful do-it-yourselfer, and a close friend who would truly laugh and cry with you. She made the world a better place for many.
Eris is survived by her children Teri; Tia Van Scoyoc and husband Tom; Jeff; Russ and wife Tina; grandchildren Anneka, Mieka, Jonathan, Morgan and Kyle; brother William Holland; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, her parents, and her sister Lillian.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Eris requested that donations be made to Habitat for Humanity, any food pantry, or your local National Public Radio station.