“If any of her children were having problems in the classroom she would up at the school talking to teachers or principals or whoever.
“She was making sure her kids were in line and doing the right things.
“If there was something that was wrong, she just wanted to know how to fix it.
“She wasn’t necessarily up at school defending her kids or raising a big stink, she was at school trying to figure out what the situation was and where to go from there. She was trying to identify the problem. It was never a negative thing with her.
“If there was a negative, she wanted to fix the problem and move forward in a positive way. She was just a great person – and I could say that over and over again – and everything with Robin was about helping others and doing the right things and making sure the right things were in place.
She had genuine care and concern for people in general.”
VanNatta said Allen was not afraid of any situation or any human being.
She was, VanNatta recalled, afraid of just one thing.
“Robin was terrified of snakes,” VanNatta said with a bit of a chuckle. “Everyone knew not to tease Robin with (fake) snakes. That’s the one thing she was afraid of. She wouldn’t have been scared of a bear or any animal, but she was scared of snakes.
“I remember Robin had gone home for lunch one day and she called my husband, Jerry, and asked him to come to her house to get rid of a snake. She told him there was a snake in her house.
‘So when we get there she is in the garage peaking through the window into the house.
“So Jerry asks Robin where the snake was. Robin’s dining room was on the other side of the house, and she pointed to the door that faced the back yard in the dining room.