Clara Robinson dies at 97
Doug Smith, Star Tribune(Mpls)
June 13, 2004 CLAR13
Jimmy Robinson and his beloved wife, Clara, will be together again.
Clara Robinson, 97, died June 9 in Peoria, Ariz., after a brief illness. Jimmy Robinson -- legendary Minnesota duck hunter, trap and skeet shooter, author and outdoor writer -- died at 88 in 1986. He and Clara ran a famed duck camp on Manitoba's Delta Marsh for decades, and their friends included the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Annie Oakley and the Hilton family.
Clara will be interred next to Jimmy at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.
"Clara was always right by his side," said longtime friend Gordy Fawcett of Carlsbad, Calif. "Clara was a fixture at the Manitoba duck club. She took care of Jimmy and all the duck hunters. And taking care of Jimmy was no easy task. Someone once said Jimmy was like a bumblebee in a fruit jar."
Clara was the yin to Jimmy's yang.
"Jimmy probably wouldn't have survived the 88 years without Clara," Fawcett said. They were married for nearly 50 years.
Fawcett, 67, knew Jimmy and Clara most of his life, and frequently hunted the Manitoba camp with them.
"I remember the warmth and camaraderie and fun we had together," he said. The outdoors was as important to Clara as it was to Jimmy.
"She hunted ducks; she was a good shot," Fawcett said. "She had a lot of friends. But she outlived almost all of them."
Clara was born in Woodworth, N.D., and celebrated her 97th birthday in March. "She was sharp as a tack," Fawcett said. She contracted pneumonia a couple of weeks ago, he said, and died Wednesday.
"She had a good, long life," Fawcett said. "Her love and admiration for Jimmy was tremendous. We'll miss her a lot."
There are no close survivors.
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