Betty Sue Nolen or “Nana” was born on June 19th 1937 in Texarkana Arkansas. The only child of both her Mother and Father Betty spent most of her early years with her Paternal Grandmother and Father until relocating to Stockton, California to live with her mother Katherine Maxwell at the age of 16. While living with her mother she learned everything she needed to know about being a Good Wife, Mother, and Woman of God. Betty found Christ very early on serving in several youth groups and choirs at greater Faith missionary Baptist church.
Betty met the love of her life J.D. Robinson while in high school and upon graduation she joined him on the road in the United States Air Force. The couple traveled all over the world living in Georgia, Washington, New York, and Germany just to name a few. In March 1960 while living on a base in Germany the couple was blessed with their one and only daughter Donzaleigh Renee. Their daughter was their pride and joy and anyone who knew the trio could see it. During their time in Germany, she became a member of the Order of Eastern Star Sisterhood. In 1966 she was given the complimentary degree of Queen of the South from the Order of Eastern Star European Chapter No. 16 located in Frankfurt a.m. Germany and working under a charter from the Grand Chapter of the state of Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, J.D. was hurt during an ambush in the field and retired from the US Air Force bringing the family back to Stockton, California. Once back in Stockton, the family joined Little Flock Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor O.D. Howard. She remained a devoted member there, until recently accompanying her family at New Life Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Thurnell Clayton. Betty participated in and was a faithful member of The Minister's Wives Group, the Mission Department, and the Old Timer’s.
Betty began her career as a Dietitian and Supervising Cook at the State Hospital until they closed serving a total of 25 years with them and then went on to work as Supervising Cook I for Mule Creek State Prison until her retirement in 1999. Betty loved taking care of her family, cooking her famous 7 Up cakes, she loved to laugh, and play dominoes after church on Sundays. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked and never ask for anything in return.
Betty was proceeded in death by both her Parents and Grandparents. Her loving husband Rev. J.D. Robinson, son in law Deacon Michael Murchison and a host of other relatives and friends.
She leaves to carry on her legacy of greatness her daughter Donzaleigh Renee, two granddaughters, Da’Nesha and My'Isha Murchison, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, 2 God daughters Yvette Stallworth and Rose Harris, one cousin Beverly of Oakland and a host of other relatives whose lives she touched over the years.
January 6, 2022
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zapata Funeral Home
445 N. American St.
Stockton, CA 95202