Published 10:14 am Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Robin Colvin Morsch, 83, of Ruckersville, Va. died on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Martha Jefferseon Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.
Born Colvin Christine McWhirter in Decatur, Ind. on April 3, 1929, she was the only child of Carl McWhirter and Myrtle A. Buyer-McWhirter.
From an early age it was apparent that she was gifted in music. At the time of her high school graduation, she had already become an accomplished pianist, violinist, percussionist, clarinetist and singer.
After graduating high school, she moved to the Hollywood, Calif. area, where she modeled professionally and became a popular songstress in the restaurant/nightclub industry. As Robin Reed, she sang and played the piano, headlining in such nightclubs as Sir Michael’s in Los Angeles and the Embers in Arcadia, Calif. Her talents also led her to headline at such venues as the Sultan’s Table in the Duens Hotel & Casino along the Las Vegas Strip.
In 1970, she left the entertainment industry when her husband received a job promotion and was transferred to New Jersey. While living in New Jersey she became a successful real estate broker as well as a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bernardsville where she sang in the choir and served as an elder.
After living in Bernardsville for 24 years, she retired to Tryon in 1993. There she joined the Tryon Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir and served as an active member of the congregation. While living in Tryon she was also cast in a local theater production of “My Fair Lady.”
Upon her husband’s death in 2003, she moved cross-country to Langley, Whidbey Island, Wash., to live close to her son and one of her closest friends.
She relocated to Ruckersville, Va. in November 2011 to once again be near her son and daughter-in-law.
She is survived by her son, Steven D. Morsch of Ruckersville, Va.; two granddaughters, Nicole A. Morsch of Sarasota, Fla. and Alexis C. Morsch-Blount of Loganville, Ga.; and three great-granddaughters.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard W. Morsch, and granddaughter, Michelle Morsch.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in the Tryon Presbyterian Church, Tryon.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, in memory of Robin C. Morsch, 811 W. Evergreen Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, Ill. 60642, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.