Louanna Ellis Robinson, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, following a short illness in Salina. She was born Aug. 1, 1930, in Appleton City, Mo., to Clyde and Charlotta (Piepmeier) Ellis. She attended Appleton City Schools.
She married Marlin Robinson on May 15, 1948, in Clinton, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 14, 2015. They continued to work in the printing business in Sedalia, Mo., and Topeka. They moved to Wilson after purchasing the Wilson World where they printed the weekly paper from 1954 until 1974. After selling the paper, they started the Wilson Ribbon Company in 1974 and continued to operate it until 1990. With their first oil well purchase in the mid 1980s, Mar Lou Oil Company began, which was one of their numerous business ventures.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Wilson State Bank Board of Directors, and the Wilson Chamber of Commerce.
She enjoyed her family and her card clubs and spent hours watching her children and grandchildren play and coach multiple sports and enjoyed traveling around the world.
Survivors include two sons, Roger and wife, Sandy, Wilson, and Creighton and wife, Sharolyn, Evanston, Wyo.; a daughter, Marlena Kjelland and husband, Ken, Temple, Texas ; eight grandchildren, Casey Robinson, Bret and Kaci Nichols, Justin and Heather Robinson, Shawn Naegele, Matthew and Christopher Kjelland; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, George, C.W., and Wade Ellis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Wilson; burial in Wilson City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foster Mortuary, Wilson.
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home.