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Eris H. Robers
  • June 06, 1923
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  • August 31, 2013

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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.
 







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  1. 03 Sep 2013
    Angie Hoefer & Family says:
    Growing up we made many trips to Florida to visit the Robers clan. Those were some of my favorite years. Picnic’s on the beach, games at home and star gazing were some specific times I remember most. Aunt Eris was always our cheerleader. She had things planned for us way before we arrived and there was never a shortage of activities.

    During the Robers travels they visited us in Ohio where we shared a love of learning both academically and creatively. I always found it sad that as we grew older our visits grew further apart, but our memories will never fade.

    I know Aunt Eris will always be watching over us and be a beacon in Heaven for our souls to follow. To my cousins, please know that we loved your mom and dad immensely and have been grateful for the time they spent with our parents, especially mom in the more recent years. Our hearts go out to you for your loss as it is never easy to lose someone we love so deeply. God bless you all!

  2. 02 Sep 2013
    Steve Orasko says:
    Aunt Eris was always so fun to be with during our visits to Cocoa Beach...I only have fond memories of her and Uncle John. My prayers are for her and the the rest of the families during this time of loss.

  3. 01 Sep 2013
    Paula Hansen says:
    We enjoyed all of the times we met and got to know your mom. She was such a caring person and we know she will be missed. Our deepest condolences for all of you. Love, The Hansens John, Paula, Molly and Bryan

  4. 01 Sep 2013
    John Ryskowski says:
    Eris (aka mom) took me in years ago as if I were her own. What this meant would take days to articulate. She will be missed.

    Sherry sends her deepest sympathies.

    John and Sherry

  5. 01 Sep 2013
    Deb Robers Geraci says:
    Aunt Eris will always be remembered as the one who made every trip to Florida a GAME! She loved to play and we spent hours laughing and enjoying family. In her later years she and my mom spent many hours visiting and remembering the old days. She was a great sister-in-law, aunt and friend. Our memories will always bring a smile to our face and warm our hearts. We love you all and ask God for strength and his blessing for all. You are always in our prayers.

    Love
    Debby, Frank and Lola

  6. 01 Sep 2013
    Lisa, Parry & Mariah Admire says:
    Your mom was such a lively, caring lady! Am so glad to have known Eris (and your dad). She lead such a rich, full life and inspired so many others. I know you'll miss her and also celebrate the many memories that she left. Thinking of you with love. Lisa & crew