Dell “Boots” Armstrong McMillen Robinson Sanford

October 13, 1933 ‒ August 14, 2013

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Dell “Boots” Armstrong McMillen Robinson Sanford passed away Wednesday morning August 14, 2013 in Primrose Retirement Community with her husband at her bedside, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Boots was the middle child of Elizabeth King & Stewart Warren McMillen who preceded her in death. Boots was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 13, 1933. In the early 1950s Boots met and fell in love with her future husband and father of her four children, John David Robinson. John and Boots moved to Mansfield in 1956 to raise their family. John David Robinson preceded Boots in death in 1996. She married Allen Sanford in 1999.

Boots attended Pine Manor Preparatory School; Miss Porter’s Junior College and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

Boots was an extraordinary mother and wife, and an avid community volunteer. As a mother, she gave the world four children who were guided Boots’ moral compass, extraordinary compassion, grace and dignity. Boots was a remarkable mother! As a volunteer, Boots left the world a better place than she found it. Her commitment to volunteerism made a positive impact at The Rehab Center, United Way of Richland County, First Congregational Church, Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield Public Schools. Boots retained her love of poetry, needle arts and education throughout her life.

Boots is survived by her husband Allen McCanne Sanford; her four children Wendy Robinson of San Francisco, CA, Whitney Stewart (Cheryl) Robinson of Billings, MT, Kristie (Peter) Robinson Blankenhorn of Indianapolis, IN and Amy (Peter) Robinson Silins of Darnestown, MD; and grandchildren Lauren, Erin, Riley and Colby Robinson, Stuart and Maxwell Blankenhorn, and Olivia and Samantha Dell Silins.

Boots will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her family will receive friends Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield, where her memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Boots’ memory to Richland Foundation or First Congregational Church of Mansfield may be made at the funeral home.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Mrs. Sanford’s family, and private messages of sympathy and support may be made to them at: