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Patricia Ann Spillane Topper Robertson

September 18, 1940 — December 30, 2022

Mt. Pleasant

Patricia Ann Spillane Topper Robertson


Patricia Ann Spillane,Topper, Robertson went to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 30, 2022, passing peacefully in her home in Mt. Pleasant, SC, surrounded by her children, after a long struggle with Parkinson's.  Patricia’s celebration of life service will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023 in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home 27 North Cherry Ave. Houston, PA 15342 at 11:00 am. 

Patricia was born in Washington, PA on September 18, 1940. She graduated from Chartiers Houston High School in 1958, married and raised her children before pursuing a nursing career, having received her RN degree from Trident Technical College, North Charleston, SC,  at age 50. She bestowed her gift of compassion for 20 years as a nurse and then as a volunteer for Hospice and Meals on Wheels. 

Patricia was a member of Church of our Savior, John's Island, SC where she sang in the choir. Traveling the world, playing golf and tennis and making memories with her children and their families were among her greatest joys. Her home on Seabrook Island, SC was always open and welcome to all, whether for vacations, holidays or just a day at the beach.

Patricia was married to Ronald J. Topper, the father of her four children, for 27 years before marrying David M. Robertson, the love of her life. David gave her 8 beautiful years and 3 loving stepchildren. She then enjoyed 16 wonderful years with her special friend Edward C. Poole.

She was preceded in death by her parents John E. and Golda M. Spillane, brother John E. Spillane, husband David M. Robertson, stepson David A. Robertson, first husband Ronald J. Topper and Edward C. Poole, devoted friend.

Patricia is survived by her children, Dr. Steven M. Topper (Lora Beth) of Colorado Springs, CO, Amy L. Atkinson of Canton, GA, Pamela S. Gorman (Glenn) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Douglas L. Topper of John's Island, SC, Duncan M. Robertson (Shirin) of Brooklyn, NY, Pamela J. Robertson of Bellingham, WA, along with 14 loving grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, it was Patricia's wish that donations be made to charities of your choice.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 4, 2023

11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home LTD.

27 N Cherry Ave, Houston, PA 15342

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