Alberta H. Robinson

  • Born: May 3, 1926
  • Died: August 9, 2015
  • Location: Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alberta Hardiman Robinson, 89, passed into eternal life on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Born on May 3, 1926, she was a lifelong educator, community leader, and charter member of the Fort Wayne chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She loved her role as the matriarch of her family.
Before her career as a teacher she served as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and was discharged with honors from the 995th Medical Unit. She served in the military for three years during the Korean War. She trained at Cooke County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, as a registered nurse. Following service, she went on to earn her degree in education at the University of Evansville.
Alberta received a Bachelor of Science in Education – University of Evansville (1958), Associate of Science – Ball State University (1959), Masters of Associate – University of Heidelberg (1960), Masters of Arts in Education – Saint Francis College (1964), Associates of Community Living – Wayne State University (1968), and Master of Science in Education – Saint Francis College (1977).
In 1958 she moved to Frankfort, Germany. During her residence there she taught and was the director of the community center on the Frankfort army base until 1963. Upon her return to the United States, she accepted a teaching position in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Alberta retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1991 but continued her role as an educator with family, friends, and community outreach.
She held numerous political and government positions during the course of her life and career. She served as Precinct Committeewoman in 1973, Zoning Commissioner from 1972 to 1976, Commissioner of the Fort Wayne Park Board Commission from 1974 to 1976, Delegate of the Indiana State and National Convention 1976 and 1978, Member of the Democratic Women's Club, and served on the ISTA National Education Association.
Alberta loved the performing arts. While serving as Commissioner of the park board she would hire "The Free Street Theatre" from Chicago Illinois to perform free of charge throughout the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was also the first woman of color to serve as Commissioner of the Park Board in the City of Fort Wayne.
She loved to cook Sunday dinner and entertain for family and friends. There was always an extra plate on the table "in case the Lord stopped by" and never a stranger at her door.
She was preceded in death by mother Ora Mae (Hardiman) Thompson, father Henry Lloyd Hardiman, brother Lloyd Hardiman (Louise), brother Garwood V. Hardiman, brother Melvin L. Hardiman, and brother Malcolm Hardiman. She is survived by her brother Horace "Uncle Doc" Hardiman and Ruth Hardiman, wife of Garwood; two daughters: Ora C. Robinson-Brend (Husband Arliss Brend) and Linda Robinson; three grandchildren: Alberta E. Robinson, Christopher J. Robinson, and Jessica M. Robinson; great- grandchildren: Unique, Nyree, Christopher, Chelsea, DeAndre, Marquize, Christian, and Reznor; and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Outreach Hope for Homeless Youth, Inc., P.O. Box 11416 Indianapolis, IN 46201 and/or Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268.


Condolence & Memory Journal


"Mama A"! You were always there for me. Thank you. You never let me forget what a family is & what a family does. We stay matter. I remember you had Bert & Jessica come & get me when I was in town once. They had to bring me home & eat dinner that she cooked for me. I had just finished my show for the nite. Lol, we had full dinner @ 11p! Bert drove & Jess was asleep. She always told my Mom, when EC is in the area, I will make sure she eats well. Her & Mom were close. So close, they left within 14 days of each other. Could not write anything til now. It hurt too much... Thank you for all the wisdom you laid on me. Will NEVER forget you! you to the moon & back!

Posted by EC Goode - Gwynn Oak, MD - Daughter   July 31, 2016

What an amazing life this woman lead. What an inspiration, not only to her children, grand and great-grand children, but to people everywhere. I only had the opportunity to meet her once, but I understand the loss this family feels. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Dawn Jackson - Columbus, OH - friend   August 14, 2015


" My love and prayers are with you all as you go through this very difficult time. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit give you peace as sorrow stirs your hearts. Continue to make Grandma proud!

Posted by ROLONDA WELLS - FORT WAYNE, IN - family- in- law   August 13, 2015

My best friend has lost her grandmother who was amazing woman always made me feel welcome into her home and family for over 20yrs.I am proud to call her grams for a long time R.I.P Ms.Robinson love you.

Posted by Kris Gardenour - Fort Wayne, IN - Adopted grandaughter   August 13, 2015

Goodbye to a remarkable woman. You made your mark on the world, Alberta! We can all take a few lessons from your selfless life. Your work is done. Rest in peace.

Posted by Marty - Bismarck, ND - Friend   August 13, 2015

A very special lady. RIP grandma, you will be truly missed.

Posted by Mark McGraw - Ft Wayne, IN - Friend   August 13, 2015

My heart felt condolences for the family. She played a great part in my life and I will for ever love her. Missed but never forgotten. Aunt Barbara Haralson

Posted by Barbara Haralson - Waldorf, MD - Friend   August 12, 2015


My Grandmother Alberta was amazing. She will be loved and never forgotten.

Posted by Alberta Robinson Jr - Indianapolis, IN - Granddaughter   August 12, 2015

I love this women, I always learned something from her every time we talked. I will miss her even more so now. RIP MRS. ROBINSON.

Posted by LaDonna McGhee - Ft. Wayne, IN - niece   August 12, 2015

yes a special women indeed you will truly be missed

Posted by Cloyd(Clark ) powers - Atlanta, GA - Friend   August 12, 2015

May God hold & squeeze another of his angels.

Posted by Lawrence H Carter - Ft. Wayne, IN   August 12, 2015

Granddaughter Ms Alberta Robinson spoke everyday highly of her grandmother. I didn't know her personally but I felt like I did. I see now where granddaughter pushes and has/had inspired me and other of the importance of education. Ms Robinson strives for excellence and that I believe came from her grandmother. I believe and know ur grandmother was very proud of you, and u Ms Robinson let us know us know that those of us that were in ur accounting class. So in closing Stay strong Ms Robinson and remember the good times/memories of u and ur grandmother and let God do the rest. Remember luv ya.if u need me r anything I'm just a call away.

Posted by Lula Endsley - Indianapolis, IN - student   August 12, 2015

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