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Ann (Robinson) Noble

SALISBURY — Ann (Robinson) Noble, known to all as Debbie, died on April 27, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 95 years old. 

Debbie was born on Jan. 8, 1923, in Plainfield, N.J., to Gladys (Carter) and Howard Copland Robinson. She graduated from St. Anne’s School in Charlottesville, Va., and then from Edgewood Park Junior College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 

She married Peter Dunne Garvan in St. Mary’s Church in  Lakeville on May 9, 1942. 

She lived in New York City during World War II while Mr. Garvan was held in a German prisoner of war camp. It was here she began a legacy of volunteerism, working at a Red Cross blood bank.

Debbie moved to Salisbury  in 1953 with her two children, Francis P. “Mike” Garvan II and Kim W. Garvan. 

Over the next 65 years she became an enthusiastic and caring member of her community, serving as a nurses aide at Sharon Hospital and as a hospice caregiver as well as serving on the boards of several charities. 

One of her proudest accomplishments was organizing hundreds of northwest Connecticut churches to ring their bells in commemoration of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Debbie was always athletic and excelled at swimming, tennis and skiing. In the 1960s, she was a member of the Catamount Ski Patrol. In her later years she became an avid and competitive golfer. In her 80s she was still playing 18 holes and was mildly disdainful of those who didn’t, often commenting, “Nine holes? That’s not golf!”

She married Dr. Robert P. Noble on Jan. 20, 1973, and they built a new home and life together in Lakeville. She supported Bob’s passion for driving trotting horses and his love of flying. They were syndicate investors in thoroughbred race horses and hosted a legendary Kentucky Derby party every May. 

Always fun loving and often the belle of the ball, Debbie reveled in connecting with people from all walks of life.

Debbie is survived by her sisters, Louise W. “Petie” Robinson, Sarah M. Polhemus and Ann Van Deusen; seven children, Francis P. “Mike” Garvan II, Kim (Garvan)Snyder, Robert P. Noble, Karen Noble, Laurie Noble Soc, Christopher V. Noble and Gregory M. Noble; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service honoring Debbie’s life will be held on July 14 at 11 a.m. in the Salisbury Congregational Church.