“There are too many reasons why I feel Robin is an excellent choice for ‘Woman of the Year,’” Tarver said. “I considered Robin a saint – she cared about other people more than she cared about herself. She did things for other people before she would do anything for herself.
“She would be at games and would talk to the other parents, to other people’s kids and to our kids. She was always helping others, and she was willing to do anything for anybody.
“There were a lot of people in the community that looked up to and respected Robin, especially young girls, and Robin was always there for them.
“I met Robin and Garry,” Tarver continued, “when I started being involved with the little league programs here. Bethany came up playing softball I was out there at the little league fields helping her and the other girls, and I started building a relationship with the Allen family.”
Tarver and Allen were seen having conversations at many MWHS sporting events. Tarver said he misses those conversations.
“Robin was a great friend, and oftentimes we talked about life in general,” Tarver said. “We would talk about normal, everyday life stuff. We talked about our families, jobs, kids or whatever. And of course, we would mix sports into the conversation.
“Just the kind of talk you do with any of your friends. She was just a great person, and there were many ties she would confide in me or I would confide in her. Most of the time when we talked it was positive conversations about random stuff. And there were other times where either of us might be having a bad day and we would talk it out to get things off our chests.”
Howerton said naming Allen as MWFD Chief had nothing to do with Mineral Wells wanting to be one of the first fire departments to hire a female chief.