Valarie Robinson Astwood, 69, of Newberry, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, succumbing to her valiant battle against cancer.

The eldest daughter of Ervin and Erma Robinson, she was born in Waterville, Maine on May 4, 1945.  She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Philip Astwood, of Newberry, her daughter Heather and son-in-law Greg Kemp of Germantown, MD, her son Owen and daughter-in-law Holly Astwood, of Irmo and two beautiful granddaughters, Isabel and Madelyn Astwood. She is also survived by her mother, Erma Robinson, of Vassalboro, Maine, and her sisters, Sherry Cennamo and her husband Ralph of Vassalboro and Robin Robinson of Beaufort, SC. She is predeceased by her father, Ervin Robinson of Maine. She will be sadly missed by many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Maine.

Valarie graduated in 1967 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she met and married Phil. She used her creative talents to pursue careers in radio, photography, and a gift basket business, and her hobbies included gardening, collecting, eBay shopping, harvesting her pecans, listening to NPR and loving her many rescued cats.

A private service is being held by the family.

A note of condolence may be written to the family by clicking the "Add Comment" link below.


#6 Lacey Fuhr-Cortese 2015-04-15 19:00
Phil, I only met Val a couple of times, but she made a wonderful impression and was someone I wish I could have known better. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
#5 Susan Boukknight 2015-04-15 18:39
Owen,Holly,girl s & family, I am sorry for your loss. I'm greatfull that I got to know Valarie through Isabel and Madelyn. May God be with you during this difficult time.
#4 Lisa Richardson 2015-04-15 13:03
Owen, Holly, Madelyn, Isabel and Family,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May God give you His love and care. I think about the girls often and hope they are doing well.
May you all find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have.
Sincerely, Lisa Richardson
#3 Trish MacDonald 2015-04-14 21:04
Owen, Holly and family: so sorry for the loss of Owen's mom. May the good Lord give you comfort and strength in your grief and in the days ahead.
#2 Laurie Thomas 2015-04-14 19:06
My heartfelt condolences to all. There is no easy way to say good bye except to say until we meet again. You are in my prayers and may you each feel the love and support of all those that knew Valerie and that know you.
#1 Mary Catherine Reynolds 2015-04-14 07:36
Dear Holly and family, It is never easy losing a Mother. Hang on to all the good times and laughter you shared together and how much love you had for each other. There will be tough days ahead but they will be made easier to bear with friends and family to lean on. We are all here for you as you need us but most of all rely on the strength that God gives you. He will never leave nor forsake you. He loves you more than you know. We all love you as well. May God give you the strength you need for the coming days and weeks ahead.

1724 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108 - 803.276.0610