Robin Pappan Obituary

Robin Rene Pappan
Robin Rene Pappan

October 29, 1966 - May 21, 2020
Born in Vancouver, Washington
Resided in Vancouver, Washington
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Another angel passed through Heaven’s gate May 21, 2020, when Robin Rene Pappan’s life was interrupted by lymphoma. She was 53.

Born Oct. 29, 1966 to Barbara (Lee) and Buford Pappan, Robin entered the world with a shock of long, black hair, still legendary today. She came home from the hospital and immediately had barrettes placed in that abundant black hair. It was the talk of the family and there was no turning back.

When it came time for school, Robin entered Minnehaha Elementary School, where she made some of her first life-long friends. She moved onward to Shumway Junior High School where she served as student body Vice President. She graduated in 1985 from Hudson’s Bay High School with awards in citizenship, sports, and the Eagle certificate. Robin departed for Clark Community College and later Bellingham and Western Washington University, where she studied education.

Among the greatest joys in Robin’s college days was the time she spent tutoring elementary school students at the Lummi Indian Reservation. Robin cared deeply about the progress of these, her first students, because Robin was also an American Indian. She was one of the few remaining members of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma and wore her Indian distinction with pride.

Robin lived her life not just teaching others but learning herself. She had both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in teaching and held the coveted National Board Certified Teacher status since 2010. She was an employee of the Vancouver Public Schools for nearly 30 years. She taught at King Elementary and Alki Middle School. She then achieved her administrator credentials and spent the last five years as the Dean of Students at McLoughlin Middle School. This was a position she absolutely loved and fit her personality well. She enjoyed learning so much, that one summer she got bored and got her Realtor credentials on a whim.

Not one to sit back and relax, Robin coached bowling, track, basketball and volleyball during her teaching career. She loved roller blading, walking, dancing and traveling nationally and globally. Locally, she would often be out “buzzing around” checking on her friends. When she sold her last car, she’d amassed nearly 250,000 miles in 15 years, just out joyriding and checking things out.

Robin bought her first home in the Fruit Valley neighborhood. It was originally her grandmother’s home, and it was where Robin had learned to bake, play cards and enjoy candy cigarettes. One of the archives of which she was most proud was a photograph showing the VanPort flood in 1948, with waters just feet from the home. At this house and her latest home, her yard was a continuous floral showpiece of the neighborhood, dotted with brilliant pops of color in baskets, along with multiple yard toys.

She adored her family - and not just those in her immediate family - aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins made for huge gatherings every holiday and celebration. For special events, Robin would wrap stunning packages with handmade bows that made the gift even more wonderful. For Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, Robin would pull out her exquisite china and make the table her masterpiece. She had a “little obsession” collecting dishes and glassware - especially depression glass in shell pink and caprice patterns.

Robin had more than just a parent and daughter relationship with her parents - she counted Mother and Father, as she called them, as two of her closest friends. The threesome would take long drives together to attend the Kaw Nation Pow Wows in Oklahoma and throughout the Midwest as often as they could. Or they’d just enjoy an evening out at Burgerville or a hardware store.

If you were lucky to be in that restaurant or store, you would know Robin was there, because you would hear her signature laugh and see her wide smile. She was always dressed in brilliant pinks, purples and turquoises and loved to wear sandals all year long.

One of Robin’s greatest joys was being an aunt to her nephews: Austin and Hunter Pappan of Prole, Iowa, Justin Pappan of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jeremy Miller and Derek Martin of Palmer, Alaska; and nieces, Kennedy Pappan of Beaverton, Oregon, and Melissa Brookey of Palmer, Alaska. She loved to show up unexpectedly during the summer with popsicles and then take them school shopping to get properly outfitted for the new school year.

To her older brother Scott, Robin was a tagalong, always trying to keep up with him. To her younger brother Steven, Robin was like a second mother - always guiding him in the right direction. Robin loved her sister Sherrie, because she provided Robin with comfort and peace.

To her friends, Robin was a burst of energy. The entire room lit up when she entered. Her friends knew her to be funny, supportive and loyal. She was always up for an outing, adventure or quiet talk. And if it was summer, you knew you’d find her at Fort Vancouver for her beloved fireworks, or at Ocean Park or Cannon Beach.

Robin lived a great life, filled with friends and family and punctuated with memorable students. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who met her.

Survivors include her parents, Barbara and Buford of Vancouver; brothers, Scott (Julene) of Pleasant Hill, Iowa and Steven (Sharon) of Troutdale, Oregon; and sister Sherrie Martin (Marty) of Palmer, Alaska; her nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins and more friends than you could ever count.

A celebration of her incredible and loving life will be held at a future date.

Contributions can be made to your charity of choice.




Funeral Home
Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel
3414 NE 52nd Street #101
Vancouver, WA US 98661