Robin Elizabeth Lopez of Moore, Oklahoma, formerly of Charleston, South Carolina, passed away from this life on May 12, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 58. Robin was born in Charleston on October 19, 1964, the daughter of Donald Robert McLeod and Latrell Iris (Gehlken) McLeod.
Robin graduated from Gordon H. Garrett High School with the Class of 1983. Throughout her youth and young adulthood, she was a trusted advisor of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She was also a talented and competitive clog dancer. During her time living in South Carolina, Robin was a member of the Wonder Woods Baptist Church in Charleston.
On June 13, 1987, Robin married the love of her life, Manny, in a gorgeous ceremony in her hometown. The first time Manny saw Robin, he fell head-over-heels in love with her. He says, “I was 24 and just took a job in Charleston with a Lincolns store. The third night I was there, I saw Robin getting a drink of water from the fountain. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. My heart skipped a beat – she looked like an angel. She was glowing, and I fell in love! Funny thing, she had a band on her wedding finger. I was distraught and immediately started asking questions. I quickly found out she wore it to keep guys from asking her out. Our first date was May 16, 1986, the day Top Gun was released. We went to Chi-Chi’s for dinner and saw Top Gun. The rest, as they say, was history.”
Robin went on to attend nursing school at Roper Hospital School of Practical Nursing, graduating in 1993. She spent twenty-two years of her working career at OU Health Physicians Orthopedic Surgery Clinic, where she fulfilled her passion of helping people who were recovering from traumatic injuries. After moving to Oklahoma, Robin and Manny began attending First Moore Baptist Church, where Robin was a member of the Harvesters life group.
Described as honest, compassionate, kind, and thoughtful, Robin was the epitome of dignity and grace. Nobody ever had an unkind word to say about her, and if you had the honor of meeting her, you’d know that she was truly one-of-a-kind. She enjoyed listening to music and was never picky about the genre, but she usually preferred listening to her favorite classic rock, country, and dance music and was particularly fond of Queen, ABBA, and Hootie and the Blowfish. Robin found happiness in almost all things, but what made her the happiest was being with her family. She loved them all fiercely, especially cherishing the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. She was actively involved in their lives and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren compete in baseball, football, cheerleading, and dance. She enjoyed watching golf and OU football with Manny, and because of her lifelong love of horses and riding, looked forward to watching the Kentucky Derby each year. Robin also loved to travel. She returned to South Carolina often to visit family, visited California twice to welcome her newborn grandbabies to the world, and to Chicago to see her son graduate Navy bootcamp. Robin made it a point to spend as much time with family as possible.
In her spare time, she enjoyed drawing, reading, gardening, shopping, and cooking. Robin also loved to bake and absolutely loved cooking for her family. Her homemade cheesecake, sweet potato casserole, peppered steak, and deviled eggs were requested eagerly and often by her family over the years.
Robin will be fondly remembered for her faithful, patient, and loving personality. She was truly a positive ray of light, the kind of person whose very being inspired everyone around her to be better. Robin made such a positive impact on the world during her time here, and Heaven is sure to have another beautiful angel in its midst.
Left to treasure her memory are her loving husband of 35 years, Emanuel “Manny” Lopez II, of the home; her son, Emanuel Lopez III and wife Kelli of Piedmont, OK, and daughter Kayla Atwood and husband Cameron of Oklahoma City, OK; five grandchildren, Maggi Lopez, Emanuel Lopez IV, Rosi Lopez, Annabelle Atwood, and Jameson Atwood. Robin is also survived by her parents, Donald and Latrell McLeod of Charleston, SC, a sister, Renee Hess and brother-in-law Robert of Goose Creek, SC, and many more loving extended family members and many dear friends.
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