Mary Christine Yaklin Robertson
December 29, 1926  -  January 11, 2018

Mary Christine Yaklin Robertson

Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church
204 Palm Ave.
Riviera, TX  78379
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church
204 Palm Ave.
Riviera, TX  78379
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
7:00 p.m.
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Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church
204 Palm Ave.
Riviera, TX  78379
Thursday, January 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Cemetery
Rivera, TX  78379

Mary Christine Yaklin Robertson was born December 29, 1926 to Antonia and Leo Yaklin at Loyola Beach, Texas. The oldest daughter of 12 children, she learned to cook, clean, and sew and left school at an early age to help with her family needs.

At age 18 she married Johnny (Pud) Robertson and they celebrated 65 years together before his death in 2010. Their marriage was blessed with 11 children – 7 boys and 4 girls – Johnnie Lee, Tom, Jeri, Verna, Bruce, Connie, Mike “Red”, Willie, Rita, Tim and Gaylord.

Mary’s Catholic faith and belief in God were unshakable and her source of strength throughout her life. She believed simply and certainly that we are all here to help one another and she lived her entire life in pursuit of being of help to someone. Praying the rosary for anyone in need was a favorite form of lending help as she grew older.

She will be remembered as a selfless, humble, kind, and gentle lady who was never too busy to help those in need and welcomed any and all she came to know with warm fellowship and great home cooking.

Mother (Mary) you show that you are a letter from Christ... written not in ink but with the spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.
11 Corinthians 3:3

The consummate mother, Mary's primary occupation was homemaking but over the years she sewed for the community, co-owned a catering company with her best friend Jennie Schonefeld, co-owned and ran Robertson's Back Forty nursery and produce businesses.

Mary is survived by sons Thomas Warren “Tom” (Dona), Bruce Allan, Michael Dean “Red” (Debi) and Timothy Wayne (Diane) Robertson, daughters Verna Louise (Dave) Pinkerd, Constance Suzanne “Connie” Boring and Rita Ann (Rick) Fry. Also surviving are 38 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and a host of special nieces, nephews, and heart-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband J. O. “Pud” Robertson, daughter Geraldine Elizabeth “Jeri” Robertson, sons Lawrence Gaylord “Gay”, William Doyle “Willie”, and Johnnie Lee Robertson, daughter-in-law Cynthia Loeffler Robertson, granddaughter Shelly Dawn Robertson and grandson Willie Jon Robertson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

The family will receive friends and loved ones from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church at Vattman, Texas. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 also at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, with graveside services following at Our Lady of Consolation Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, Kingsville, Texas.


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  1. Lloyd Gardner Jr., Tressie Gardner, and family
    Mountain home, TX

    Our heart and prayers go out to each and everyone of the Robertson family. She was a wonderful sweet lady. Hugs to all,
    The Gardner Family

  2. Lloyd Gardner Jr., Tressie Gardner, and family
    Mountain home, TX

    Our heart and prayers go out to each and everyone of the Robertson family. She was a wonderful sweet lady. Hugs to all,
    The Gardner Family

  3. Charla Kaye Grimes
    Ricardo, TX

    What a very sweet and dear lady we will all miss. May god bless the family and loved ones in this time of need.

  4. Kathy Murphy
    Groesbeck, TX

    You will be so missed . I know that I have been gone from south tx for awhile but you were always with me. Im so sorry for my cousins because I know that you will be very missed . I love you all take care of each other

  5. Lana compton
    , FL

    Prayers to your family she was one of a kind.

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  7. Steve S Dietz
    Kingsville, VA

    My deepest condolences to the family. She was truly a wonderful lady and will be missed. God Bless.

  8. Mary Lynn Weiss Phillip
    Kimberling City, MO

    When I first met Mary 50 years ago, she made a lasting impression on me, even though I was only 14 years old. She had a house full of children, one vehicle which was a red Dodge pickup, and this was before pickups had cabs. Her home was spotless, her kitchen was extremely well organized, and her cooking was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Her children respected her, and she seemed to manage them stoically, without raising her voice or becoming overly emotional. She was an amazing seamstress, and I remember when they closed in the front porch so she could have her sewing room. Every day she took the produce to market, did the grocery shopping, and fed and clothed her family. She was naturally beautiful and never had a hair out of place. She was truly a classy lady.

    When my little brother died, she was in my mom’s kitchen, cooking, cleaning, doing dishes and more. How did she have time for this? At 21, I continued to be impressed with her selflessness.

    When my dad died, she was at the church kitchen, again giving of herself when I knew she had things she needed to do at home. So at 50, I was still benefiting from her love for others.

    The last time I saw her a year or so ago, she was still the same—beautiful, kind, considerate and loved by everyone.

    I am only one among many of her children’s friends, and I know she did for countless other families and friends what she did for my small family. She was like a super human, and I know it was because she allowed God to live in her and to love others through her.

    Her goodness and love live on in her children who were with her, continuing to honor her as they escorted her out of this world into her heavenly home.

    We will never forget you, Mary!

  9. Paula White
    New York, NY, NY

    Wishing you all peace and comfort and many wonderful memories. Such a sweet lady every time I was in Riviera I had to stop and say hello and pick up something from the nursery or garden. She will be missed. Xo Paula Curbow White

  10. Brenda Hopkins Wager
    Goldendale, WA

    My thoughts, love and prayers are with all of the family and friends.

  11. Steve and Gracie Bailey
    San Antonio, TX

    She will always be in your heart and your memories. When you miss your Mother just sit back and think about all the great times with your Mother. She will always be near when you need her. Just ask for her help

  12. David Huff
    Sedalia, MO

    to the children of mary,your mom is at peace now with her children and ole pud now,tip Mary

  13. LeeAnn Corbitt
    Murchison, TX

    My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.
    She has left an amazing legacy that will continue on through the many lives she touched.
    God bless each of you.

  14. Ramadel Hoadley
    Chandler, TX

    Your whole family is in my heart and prayers. Love you,(Verna's niece)

  15. Delwin randall

    I have very fond memories going with my mom to buy vegetables

  16. Nancy Yaklin McCollough
    Three Rivers, TX

    She was a beautiful lady. God bless you all. May you Rest In Peace

  17. Ellie
    Harlingen, TX

    I would like to offer my condolences to the family. Mere words cannot express the grief that comes from losing a dear loved one to death. What can give us a measure of comfort is the Bibles promises of the day when sickness and death will be no more. Such words can hopefully ease the pain you all are experiencing at this time of sorrow. May the God of ALL comfort keep you enduring now and in the days to come. And may happy memories warm your hearts. - Revelation 21:3-5;2 Corinthians 1:2-4

  18. Emma Simms
    Riviera, TX

  19. Sharon Salazar
    Riviera, TX

    I will miss you so much. Such a sweet woman.

  20. Leo Chaloupka
    Riviera, TX

    God bless you Aunt Mary. May you rest in peace. Love you.

  21. Todd & Karie Murphy
    Garland, TX

    So sad that she is gone, but she will never be forgotten. She and uncle Pud are back together again. Our prayers are with all of her family.
    Love all of you,
    Todd and Karie

  22. Becky Whitaker
    Stafford, TX

    One of the sweetest ladies I have ever met ! May your Legacy live on on the loved ones left here on this Dimension!
    Keep your watchful eye upon us all and awIt our reunion in Gods presence!! Go rest high on that mountain Mary!!! Godspeed!!

  23. Jean Jenkins
    517 Millican dr, TX

    Such a lovely lady. More memories than I can possibly count; smiles, sewing, gardening, smiles, vegetables, letting Pud take the spotlight, family, did I mention smiles? She will be missed. Mom, Dot Huff, sends all her love. She called the house the other day just to hear Your Moms voice on the recorder!

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