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Obituary: Robbin Moore McGrath

Robbin Moore McGrath (nee Melchiorre, Del Nagro) died peacefully at her home on Monday, March 18th after living in the shadow of cancer for the past year. Robbin was born in Joplin, Missouri on March 26, 1950 to Margie and Robert Gomer (deceased). She leaves one brother, Mark Gomer of Toledo, Ohio, husband Michael McGrath, and five grandchildren - Madeleine Moore, Bernice Bethke, Andrew, Dylan, and Taylor Campbell, all of Montgomery County, Maryland. Her daughter, Stacy Moore, preceded her in death in 2017. 

Robbin Moore McGrath copyRobbin graduated with a BA degree in Performing Arts from The University of Toledo, and a Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She attended the Doctoral Program in Pastoral Counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. Prior to her present marriage, she was married to Charles Moore II (deceased), Joe Melchiorre of Lewes, Delaware, and Peter Del Nagro of San Diego, California.

In 1978 Robbin learned to fly small airplanes and received her pilot’s license and instrument rating. She owned a plane from that time on until 2005 and was a member of the 99’s - an International Organization of Women Pilots who promoted aviation for women and had a lot of fun in addition. She lived at Eagle Crest, a residential flying community in Lewes, Delaware. After graduating with her undergraduate degree Robbin began a thirty-year career in medical sales, working for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, and Zimmer Orthopedics. She worked for Zimmer selling prosthesis for total hip and knee replacement to doctors in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland for 15 years.

In 2004 she began her pursuit of a lifelong desire to become an Anglican Priest, being ordained in 2016 in the Diocese of Western Mexico. She served six years as the priest of St. Andrew’s Anglican Episcopal Church, Riberas del Pilar. In 2012 she was ordained a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Eastminster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA and served Edinburg United Church of Christ in Ravenna, Ohio and Poland Presbyterian Church in Poland, Ohio. She also served as a chaplain at the National Institutes of Health, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County, Maryland. She retired from active ministry December 31, 2022.

Robbin was kind, generous, and hospitable. She loved to entertain in her home and was a great cook. Her friends were important to her and always welcome. She also loved flowers, especially roses and gardenias, and belonged to the Orchid Club.

Robbin moved to Mexico in 2016 and loved living in Ajijic. She loved singing, both choral and solo and sang jazz and blues in the style of Diana Krall. She also loved playing card and board games, especially bridge, and was a member of the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club. Robbin also leaves behind four good friends; Kathie Cunningham, Barbara Clippinger, Gayla Burnett, and Leslie Kingsbury. The love of her life is her husband, Michael McGrath with whom she has shared many past lifetimes and looks forward to sharing many future lifetimes. She wore Shalimar perfume.

A service of the Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Episcopal Church on Wednesday, April 3, at 3 p.m.

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