Ruby “Tootsie” Robinson

Tootsie Gibson Robinson, 94 of Elkhorn City, Ky. passed away peacefully at the Landmark of Elkhorn City on her birthday, June 15, 2019. She is the daughter of Joe and Stella Looney Ratliff. Tootsie was a faithful member of the Elkhorn City Church of Christ and a member of the Ladies Circle at the church. She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by her first husband, Herbert(Mack’s father) Gibson and her last husband; Doug Robinson., and a brother Derwood Ratliff. Survivors are her son; Mack(Shirley) Gibson of Elkhorn City, sister; Mary Jo Buchanan of Abingdon, va., grandchildren; Joe and Joshua and a great grandchild; Elijah Craig. Visitation will be after 6:00PM on Friday at the Elkhorn City Church of Christ. Funeral service will be on Saturday at 1:00 from the church with Frank Crum, Billy Ford and Jim Ed Belcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Elkhorn City Cemetery.


  1. says

    Mack & Shirley and family!

    So very Sorry to hear of Tootsies passing, I am sure she and Mother have caught up, and are talking away! My thoughts are with you at this difficult time!

    Chris Hawkins

  2. Missy Robinson O'Quinn says

    I am so sorry to hear Tootsie passed away. I will always remember her short stature (like mine), that we laughed and joked about. The last time we visited her, when she was still at home, she commented about a gift I had given her for Christmas a few years before. She said, “I don’t know what I did all these years without a back brush.” LOL. I had given her a gift set from Bath and Body Works. At Christmas time Tootsie prepared homemade desserts that was always delicious. Another one of my childhood memories was Papaw Doug and Tootsie’s Christmas tree. It was HUGE (or it seemed like it then); it was to the ceiling (at least 12 feet or more) and decorated to perfection. Tootsie was my last living grandparent and I find it sad that she is gone too. I always thought of Tootsie when we would be visiting in Elkhorn, but would put off visiting to the next time we were in town. Sometimes ‘next time’ doesn’t come. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Tootsie was a very sweet lady and my step-grandmother for close to 50 years. May you rest in peace Tootsie.

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