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Bette Hill Robinson

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Bette Hill Robinson, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Milwaukee. 

She was born Nov. 16, 1920, in Woodstock, to Roger and Hortense Hill.

Her parents ran Todd School, the nationally-known progressive boarding school she attended.  

She married Sandy Smith on the Todd School campus in 1939.

She was an elementary school teacher in Woodstock and Rockford.  She taught with insight, empathy and humor.

She loved her family, students and politics.

She was an impassioned liberal who devoted much energy to the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party and union activities.

Survivors include two daughters, Priscilla Smith, Evanston, and Pamela Smith, Portland, Ore.; two sons, Roderick Smith, Taos, N.M., and Roger (Kavitha Reddy) Smith, Bethesda, Md.; three grandchildren, Tim McGarry, Meghan McGarry and Asha Smith; a sister, Joanne Styles, Winter Park, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Emily Hill, Racine, Wis.; and 16 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Sandy Smith, William Raymond, Clark Bullen and Richard Robinson.

A family celebration of her life was held Aug. 29 in Lincolnwood.

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