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In Loving Memory
Robin Leigh Vedder
11/16/1951 - 10/8/2011

Robin Leigh Vedder, 59 of Morrill, died October 8, 2011 at the Hospice Unit of the Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.  She was attended by her members of extended family.  In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services, however a life celebration will be held at a future date.

Robin was born on November 16, 1951 to June (Fail) and Robert J. Vedder.  The family traveled extensively to accommodate Mr. Vedder’s profession of racing jockey and professional horse trainer.  Robin’s deep love of horses and devotion to the care of all animals was evident at an early age. 

In 1987 Robin settled in Maine with her life partner Michael C. Lovely.  She was an outstanding scholar who maintained a 4.0 while pursuing both her undergraduate degree as a registered nurse and her graduate degree as a nurse practitioner.  She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.  As a notable achievement, in 2006, her first year of graduate school, Robin authored an article that was published in the prestigious American Journal of Nursing.  She worked as a nurse at Waldo County General Hospital and as a nurse practitioner at Penobscot County Community Health Services in Bangor.  She was a gifted health care provider, devoted to her patients, and a supportive friend to many in the health care community.  She served as a Director on the board of New England’s largest horse rescue facility.  Robin’s many talents included gardening, sewing, cooking, and equestrian pursuits.  She was a care-giver to all.

Robin is survived by her life partner Michael C. Lovely of Morrill, her daughter Darlene Nichols and her husband Richard and their children Hannah and Ben of Searsmont, her Aunt Rosemary Libby of Barrington, Illinois, cousins and special friends Maurice Pelletier of Morrill, Dr. Cynthia Reynolds and her husband Elijah Moore of Searsport as well as Meris J. Bickford and her husband William Anderson of Morrill.  She was predeceased by her parents and her younger siblings Susan and Bobby.

Robin will be remembered the kindest of people.  At her request, remembrances in lieu of flowers may be sent to Waldo County General Hospital Hospice Unit, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast, Maine 04915 or the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, P.O. Box 10, South Windham, Maine 04082-0010.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Online Condolences
From: Gayle Eames   Glenburn
Relationship:  co-worker

My heart is saddened by the loss of such an amazing woman. Spitfire is the word that always comes to mind when I think of Robin- I loved her sass, her compassion and her undying love for animals. We not only shared a working friendship but a great love for nature and animals and I will always remember her for that. She was an exceptional caregiver to her patients and they loved her dearly. Rest easy RV--you have left your mark here.
Sent:  10/11/2011
From: holly mccormick   dixfield
Relationship:  acquaintence threw family

Dear Mike, MO, Darlene, Meris, Cindy, and to all who were close with Robin. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for all of u that god may lessen the pain of your loss. Holly Nichols Mccormick and husband Butch. Sister in law of Darlene Nichols.
Sent:  10/11/2011
From: Donna Huff   Plymouth
Relationship:  Friend

Robin and I were co-workers and friends. We would meet for lunch at a local diner. We would meet at our MNPA spring conferences sitting together as often as we could. I called one evening. She could not talk to me at the time. She said she would call me back. She never did. I did not know why she was not at work. I respected her privacy. I was devastated when I found out she was sick. I wish she would have let me into her private world this past year. She chose not to and I have missed her immensely. Now she is gone and I will not have a chance to tell her. I have met only Michael but heard about her daughter and others. I am so sorry that you have lost her. Robin was a very caring compassionate nurse who will be remembered by me forever. Sincerely, Donna Huff
Sent:  10/11/2011
From: Karen Davis   Alexander
Relationship:  Friend/Classmate

I am saddened to hear we lost such a giving and wonderful friend. I had the pleasure of attending and graduating Grad school with Robin. She was just one of those women who were so admirable. She was intelligent, funny, kind, spunky, strong and determined. I am honored to have been able to know her. She truly has left her footprint in my heart as well as in the hearts of many. Rest well Robin......your truly were a remarkable woman...........
Sent:  10/11/2011
From: Bob & Jennie Lee   Morrill
Relationship:  friend

So sorry to hear of your loss. Robin was a very special lady.
Sent:  10/12/2011
From: Mary McCormick   Waldo Maine
Relationship:  Friend

It was an honor to know Robin and be her friend. She will always be in my heart and memories. If we could all learn by her spunk and generosity to mankind and animals what a better place this would be. Farewell for now my friend. Michael and Meris, you are in my prayers.
Sent:  10/13/2011
From: Kip & Nel Littlefield   Morrill,Me
Relationship:  neighbor

At this time of your great lost and pain .We want to convey our sympathy .The town of Morrill has lost a vauable member of our comunity. May each of you find comfort in the love of family and friends.
Sent:  10/13/2011
From: Jeffrey Thibeau   Dedham, Maine
Relationship:  colleague, friend, patient

My sincere condolences to you all for the absence of Robin in our lives. I was privileged to know her as a colleague, a friend, and a patient. Her presence in my life was an astounding and cherished honor, and her collaboration as a colleague was invaluable to my professional growth and understanding of the the human condition. Her friendship was amazing, rewarding, and extremely special to me. The care she extended to me as my provider was top-notch, and my trust in her decisions was always without question. I will miss her greatly in all aspects, yet I feel her presence and influence to this day, and she has left a profound influence on my life. Loved her and will miss her until I get to share time with her again someday. You were all fortunate to have her in your lives, and I thank you all for sharing her with the rest of the world. A truly remarkable woman who will be sadly missed for a long time to come. God bless.
Sent:  10/17/2011
From: Richard Feinstein   Providence RI
Relationship:  old friend

Today I found out that Robin died 4 months ago. I am very much moved and shocked. We worked together perhaps 30 years ago. I greatly admired her then, and she has always remained in my mind and memory as an excellent person. She has always remained young in my memory, aided by not having seen or spoken with her for perhaps 20 years. I shall keep her in my memory as I knew her, and be very sad. Being older now, relatives and persons of acquaintance, near and far, die. but very few so affect me as now having Robin only in my memory
Sent:  2/27/2012
From: Randy Smith   Niangua Missouri
Relationship:  first cousin

Sept. 15th 2012 To the family and friends of Robin, I just want to get a message out to all of Robin's closer relatives, to Michael, and to her daughter Darlene and any close friends who might wish to contact me. I only found out about Robin's passing a month ago and not much information was given, I just decided to Google her name and by chance found her obituary. It did not say how or why she passed at so young an age and I am very interested if someone would fill me in on this. Thank you. Robin is my first cousin as I am the nephew of her dad Robert. Robin has many relatives distant that new her in Missouri. I come from a big family of nine siblings all together. Our mother was Fern Vedder, Robin's dad's sister, Robin's aunt of whom Robin new well and the both had close contact until my mother passed in 2000. My mother loved Robin dearly as her niece. I met Robin in 1987 while she was on a trip out here to visit my mother. I am so sorry that my plans to visit her these past three years did not come to fruition and now it is too late. But I still plan on getting to Maine soon enough and it is my wish to meet and visit with any and or all of her friends and close family including especially Michael and Robin's daughter Darlene. And if any of you come this way please look me up, I would love to see you. My phone number is 417-473-6815. And while I am creating this message and closing, I would like to take a moment and pass on a note of condolence for her half brothers in Florida, Ronnie and Paul and their families as well. Robin is sadly missed. And it is wonderful to read all the good things that were said of her. Sincerely with love, Your cuz, Randy Smith
Sent:  9/16/2012

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