October 25, 1980 ~ May 1, 2004

Born in: Fort Worth, TX,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Cynthia Robin Luse, 23, of 100 Mt. Carmel Road, Lot 4, Asheville, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Miss Luse was born in Fort Worth, TX and was a 1999 graduate of Erwin High School. She graduated from Erskine College in 2003 and was employed as a Teacher’s Assistant at Jones Elementary School. She was a member of Grace Community Church. Surviving are her parents, Steven F. and Ruthie Millard Luse, with whom Robin made her home; a sister, Hannah Luse of the home; her fiancé, Wesley Parker of Mills River; her maternal grandmother Ruth Reese of Asheville; her maternal grandfather Edward J. Millard of Daytona Beach, FL; and her paternal grandmother Edith Luse of San Antonio, TX. A celebration of Robin’s life will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Biltmore Baptist Church with the Revs. David Desforge, Colin P. Thornley and Sabas Amador officiating. Her family will greet friends from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Hispanic Ministry of Cornerstone Church, 12 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Steve and family,
    I know we had our differences when working together. I am sorry for the loss of your daughter. May God and Jesus will help you and your family go through this to be strong for each other. Your and Robin’s love for Him will make a eternal bond with each other. You will see each other in Heaven and sing praises in joy and celebrate together.That thought of it will help us to go through life on earth.

  2. Dear Luse Family

    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to go on a few Grace Community trips with Robin. I remember hiking with Robin in the freezing winter and despite the cold, she managed to bring joy into our group and keep all of our spirits up. Robin was a truly beautiful soul in this world. She added so much to this world in her work, her spirit and who she was. My prayers and deepest sympthaties are with your family now.

  3. To the Luse family and Wes,
    I was friends with Robin in high school and I am deeply saddened to learn of her loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

  4. Mrs.Luse
    My condolences go out to you and your family. I met you when I was in junior miss in 2001. You were such an inspiration to me as Robin was to everyone that knew her.God bless your family and help you get through this tough time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Robin will surley be missed.

  5. I, along with our entire school was sadden by the loss of Robin. Her warm smile and great personality will be missed very much. My prayers are with you all at this time. May God be with you all and give you peace.

  6. Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember Robin as a happy precious little girl with beautiful hair. God bless you.

  7. A message to Ruthie: A beautiful flower has been plucked from the soil and put into a vase of living water. I am crying with you. Daughters are so precious. May the Lord himself hold you and comfort you and your sweet family. The girls and I are praying for you all. We love you.

  8. To The Luse Family,
    I didn’t know your daughter, nor do I know you, but my heart goes out to you right now. I am so sorry for your precious loss, But from what I’ve read about Robin, Heaven must be rejoicing to have her there. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayer’s.
    Love in Christ, Teresa Putnam

  9. Dear Luse Family,

    My husband and I know Robin through Wes and our son, Jeremy. Although she had only been in our home a few times, we knew she was a very special young lady. She and Wes had captured each others hearts and we were so thrilled. Our son and his fiance’, Tamra, will be married this weekend and these two couples had made plans to do many things together after August. They had so many things in common: camping, hiking, missions, and most important the love of Jesus Christ.

    When we got the news of Robin’s tragic death on Sunday morning, our hearts were broken for Wes and for Robin’s family who we don’t even know. We are praying for all of you and have no doubt where Robin is today.

  10. Our dear Wes,

    Our hearts are broken for you. I don’t know when I have ever seen your smile more radiant as after you met Robin. I knew very little of what I read in the beautiful article about Robin in the paper today, but it didn’t surprise me. I kept telling Tommy that she was adorable and I couldn’t wait to have the two of you visit with Jeremy and Tamara in our home again. I also didn’t know until last week that you were engaged (Jeremy is a little preoccupied right now.) However, I remember looking out from the choir and seeing her with your mom, dad, and brother or Easter Sunday and she had the most beautiful smile – she just glowed. Now, I know that it is because you had just gotten engaged that morning. I was so excited for both of you!

    I wish I had some words to ‘take away some of your pain’ but I don’t. I just want you to know how special you are to our family, especially Jeremy. He considers you his best friend and he is grieving for you more than you can ever know. I know that heaven is just a little sweeter today than it was last Saturday because Robin is there with that beautiful smile. She shared all the gifts and talents that God had given her here on earth to touch those very special children and anyone else who knew here. We miss her already and know that you are devastated with this loss. I don’t even pretend to understand why this happened so prematurely. However, I do know that Robin is in heaven and we will all see her again someday.

    Wes, we love you and pray that God will fill your heart with His love and in all of this you will feel His presence and His peace that surpasses all of your understanding.

  11. Dear Luse family and Wes,
    I will always remember Robin’s shining face and beautiful smile. We met over the summer of 1999 in Junior Miss. She was such an outstanding role model for young girls. She is now resting in the comfort of Jesus. Wes, I go to church with you and know how strong your faith is. I thank God for both of you for being such wonderful shining lights for Christ. I will keep both of your families in my prayers. God Bless.

  12. Steve, Ruthie, & Hannah,
    I cannot even begin to understand the depth of your sorrow. The one thing that I do know is that we have a Savior who does. My prayer for each of you is that He would give you comfort and peace at this devastating time.
    You have all been such a blessing to our lives. I count it an absolute privilege and joy to have shared in Robin’s life. Sometimes in our lives we are blessed to know someone that truly radiates Christ’s character in such a profound way that it leaves us speechless. Robin did just that. Even as a young teenager at Newfound, she astounded me with her wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of who she was in light of eternity. The light she reflected to those around her will continue to echo for years to come.
    Our finite minds cannot grasp why a tragedy like this happens, but we can hold to the fact that when we can’t see His hand, we can always trust His heart. Know that we are and will continue to lift each of you up to Him!!
    Love you,

  13. Dear Ruthie and family,
    Just want you to know I am thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace in the coming days.

  14. My love, thoughts, and prayers go out to each of you and to every person who was blessed by having Robin in their lives. I am so sorry for your loss.

  15. Dear Friends,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. In spite of the distance and time between us, certain people will always hold a special place in our hearts. You have always been some of those special friends. As I read the commentaries on Robin’s life, I praise God for the wonderful life which I know she lived. I know she was a very special person and I know this because she came from great people! You are all in my prayers and I thank God for the wonderful witness you will have for Him through this tragedy. I know God will bless you all and take care of you as you grieve. Please send my love especially to Lisa. I love you all and will continue to pray for you.

  16. My daughter was two years behind Robin at Erwin. I know how proud you all were of her and how proud the whole Erwin community was. She was truly ‘one in a million’. What a wonderful example her life was to others. May her legacy live on in the lives of the many she touched. We cannot begin to understand why she was taken but may God’s love and wisdom help you cope with this great loss. Robin will be missed by all who knew her. All that were fortunate enough to know her were truly blessed.

  17. To the Luse Family and Wes,
    I went to Erwin with Robin. We ran track, cross country together. We were in the chorus together. I can remenber how her smile glowed. She was always singing. She was everyones friend. It did not matter to her who you were. I will be praying for your family.

  18. Robin was a recipient of our scholarship fund and we were very impressed with her and your family.
    We are so sorry for your loss and feel the world will be a lesser place without her. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. Love, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

  19. Ruthie, Steve, and Hannah,
    Getting to be Robin’s Junior Miss chairman and then getting to be her friend was such an honor for me. Robin was truly beautiful in every way from the inside out. She was the prefect representative of young womanhood not only for her class but for each class that has followed.
    Robin took such special care to always make others feel good. Yet, it was not something she made an effort to do; it just spilled over from her own joy. Anyone who had the opportunity to know her was fortunate, and any time spent in her presence was made happier by her.
    In Robin’s Junior Miss program book she said that being her best self meant ‘…being the best Robin I can be.’ Robin lived up to that goal every day in everyone’s eyes.

  20. The Luse Family and Wes,
    I cannot even be able to comprehend the loss that you are going through right now. I was so saddened to hear of Robins passing. It was a true joy to have the pleasure of getting to know Robin by helping in the youth group at Newfound. I was always amazed at her knowledge and insight for Christ and his word. Her smile and enthusiasm for the Lord was contagious. I looked forward to hearing her remarks to questions that I had during our lessons. She didn’t know it, but there were days that she taught me things as well. May God comfort your heart, fill you with peace, and give you hope as you rest in the arms of His tender and VERY faithful care. These were all things that Robin possessed and shared with others. She was a light for God and will be greatly missed. We will be praying for you.

  21. Luse family,
    It was a great honor to have known Robin. I will never forget her shining smile. She has touched many and had a place in all their hearts. My prayers are with you and everyone else who shares this loss.

  22. To all who love Robin,

    I count it a true blessing to have briefly known Robin. It was always heartwarming to see Robin’s smiling face whenever we were practicing with the Praise/Worship team at Grace. I will miss her, yet look forward to joyfully singing with her in heaven.

  23. Although several days and weeks have now passed since Robin went to be with the Lord, you continue to be in our prayers and thoughts. We love you.

  24. Steve, Ruthie and Hannah,

    This life is unfair, and events like this make no sense. Through all of the grief and feelings of losing and being lost, know that you are being held by a Hand that will not let go. I am praying that you will be enveloped in Peace beyond your understanding, and that the Truth of Christ’s triumph over death will be a light for you in the darkest moments.

    Robin always felt like a sister to me, and was more precious to me than she knew. I look forward to being caught up again in one of her wonderful hugs someday very soon.

    My love and prayers for you join those of many others. ‘The peace of all peace be always with you…’

  25. Dear Luse family,

    We were are thinking about you and praying for you during this difficult time. Robin was a mentor for Lauren and a special friend to Reggie. May you have comfort in knowing so many people were touched by knowing her and what she meant to them. Take good care. The Shades.

  26. The life you lived was so beautiful and of great service to others.I will write a poem in your memory.Thank you Robin for helping Brennen my grandson. His band has composed a song also.It will be play at Owen High Shcool Friday at a concert.Title of the song is: Robin Song.Composed by Brennen Wilson.God be with the famiy.My prayers are with them.
    Blanca Tapia Woody

  27. We were shocked by the news of Robin’s death, which we received today, Wednesday May 26. Our condolances to Robin’s family and friends.

  28. Dear, Steve Ruthie & Hannah,

    We were so saddened to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time.

    God Bless

    George & Carol Brown & Family

  29. Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah,

    We are greatful that we had the pleasure of knowing your precious Robin. As Robin followed Christ example she affected our sweet Lindsey. She was gifted in so many ways. She is his delight. Our prayers are with you as you face many challenging times. We wish that we could be there to celebrate her life. You are all dearly loved.

    In His Grip and forever greatful,
    David and Rebecca Parker
    Jessica, Lindsey, Tyler and Ginger

  30. to ALL the family members of Robin.
    I did not know Robin, but I live
    within walking distance of where
    she lost her life. My heart went out to you Saturday night when I
    found out that a young lady had
    been killed. I was not given a name, but I did pray for the family
    that had lost this young life.
    Then upon leaving Biltmore Baptist
    Sunday morning I was made aware that
    it was Wes Parker’s fiance. Even though I don’t know Wes personally
    my heart then went out to him and his family.
    I pray God will give you ALL a peace that passeth all understanding during this difficult
    time and the difficult days ahead.

    Betty Ponder

  31. Mr. and Mrs. Luse, Hannah and Wes,

    My heart is with you during this time. What a beautiful spirit to have known! Steve and Ruthie, Robin meant so much to so many. I will never forget her sweet smile, calming voice, infinite patience, and unwavering faith in God.

    Mercy Me sings:
    ‘Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
    Will I dance for you, Jesus? Or in awe of You, be still?
    Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
    Will I sing ‘Hallelujah!’? Will I be able to speak at all?
    I can only imagine! I can only imagine!’

    Robin is singing ‘Hallelujah!’, arms and eyes open to her Maker, the same Maker she never failed to mention to friend or stranger. Imagine what she can see right now! It is so hard to let her go, but she is Home. May He be with each of you in the days ahead.

    ‘I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…’ Phil 1:3

  32. I am so so sorry . i worked at jones school and ur daughers class . she was a very sweet young lady. I looked forwrd to seeing her evry day. She made my day.im so sorry. iknow how u feel i lost my son he was 17 mo.now she will take care of my son for me.

  33. To the Luse family and friends,
    I did not know Robin personally but remember quite well the time she came to Rutherford County where i was in Junior Miss in 1999. I remember thinking how beautiful she was and how warm she seemed. And what a beautiful voice! Heaven has gained an amazing angel. I am sorry for you lose. Have comfort in knowing that she is waiting for you in Heaven.

  34. Dear Luse Family,

    My heart goes out to all of you for the loss of Robin. How blessed she was to have been raised in a loving, christian home and introduced to Christ. The sweetness of knowing that she is with our heavenly Father, I know brings you some comfort. I pray that God wraps His love, peace and comfort around each of you during this difficult time. I feel so blessed to have had the privelege of crossing Robin’s path during her life on earth and I look forward to seeing her again!
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Geri Spangler

  35. To the Luse Family,

    I was a friend of Robin’s in high school and would just like to express my sympathy for you during this terrible time. Robin was an inspiration to alot of people and by seeing what others have had to say and how her death has made them feel, I am sure she is going to continue to touch peoples lives even though she is no longer with us. We are all sad that she is gone, and will continue to pray for her and your family, but how happy she must be right now to be with her Lord who she loved so much.

  36. To The Luse Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, but what a time Robin is having in Heaven right now. One day all sickness and sorrows will be over.
    As one of the old hymn’s say ‘ What A Day That Will Be.’
    Love in Christ, Betty Pressley

  37. Dear Steve, Ruthie and Hannah,

    We were devastated as we heard about your loss of Robin.
    We never really new Robin on a personal basis, but we certainly have fond memories of her. The Erwin Basketball Team was blessed with her beaming smile at most games whether they were at home or away. We will never forget the Senior Academic Banquet as Robin received the majority of the awards and as the night progressed the medals around her neck were clanging loudly as her name was called out again and again. Krystn was certainly blessed to have Robin as a classmate and one she will never forget. May peace be with you.

  38. I so sad you have lost Robin. While I was assistant superintendent for Buncombe County Schools, I had the opportunity to work with Robin. She was one of a group of girls who worked with me on the issue of the squaw mascot. This issue was difficult for all of us. I was extremely impressed with Robin. She had wisdom well beyond her years and was an articulate spokesperson for Erwin High School. She cared deeply about all students and wanted a good outcome for our efforts. I valued her comments and sincerity. I have always remembered her as one of the most special of the girls I met. I wasn’t surprised to hear about her interest in autistic children. I could see that gift in her when she was in high school. I think she began work in Asheville City Schools about the time I retired. I regret that I didn’t get to observe her good work at Jones. Robin will be missed by all who knew her, especially her children. She was a shinning star. I am thinking about you.

  39. Steve and Ruthie, We have thought of you so often and our days together at the Seminary and at Rosemont Park Baptist Church.

    I cannot imagine the pain and grief you are feeling, but please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. Rest in the arms of our Lord and feel His comfort.

    Ken and Judy Ashley

  40. Steve & Ruthie,

    I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your precious Robin. I’m sorry that I only new her as an infant and did not get to know the beautiful young lady she became. Your lives were obviously blessed by the time our Lord gave you with her. I pray that the Lord will give you comfort during your time of grief and that you will continually be able to heal and have hope that only Christ can give.

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Sherian Kaneaster-McCoy & Betty Kaneaster
    (Rosemont Park Baptist Church, FW, TX)

  41. Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah,
    I believe I speak for all of the Junior Miss family in Buncombe County when I say that robin was one of the best examples of Junior Miss Spirit and what it means to be your best self. I am sad that Robin cannot share that herself with future Junior Misses, but I know that her memory and spirit will live on as we continue to share stories of her life with our girls and how she was the best Robin she could be. .

  42. Mr. and Mrs. Luse, Hannah, Wes, and family,
    I had known Robin since Kindergarden at Emma Elementary. We used to think we were so special because we had the privilege of going up to the loft of the ’round building’ to read ‘hard’ books with Mrs. Green. As five year olds, this set us apart from our classmates, but Robin was special in so many other ways throughout the rest of her life. Meeting Robin again in the seventh grade, I could tell that she was still a unique person, and throughout high school she proved this to be true time and again. I will always remember Robin as somewhat of an enigma. It was almost perplexing how one could never feel depressed in her presence because she could always show you something to be happy about. I cannot recall ever seeing Robin be a grouchy and difficult teen. What an amazing young woman to keep her undying faith and eternal optimism during her adolescence, when none of us knew what was up or down! I wouldn’t even begin trying to count how many lives Robin touched or how many people she inspired. I know that I will never forget Robin, and it is truly a tradgedy that such an incredible person is gone at such a young age, yet it is a relief to know that she is with her Lord, whom she loved so greatly. So again, Robin has been set apart from others and taken up to a higher place, like our loft, but this time it is for a much easier and more rewarding task…to watch over and continue to care for and guide us all.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  43. Dear Luse’s:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Robin was very dear to all of us. she was a great person, her faith in God has led many to God including myself. i will never forget her, she was a wonderful friend and has giving a little of her self to everyone she has ever known. she has taught me and many others how to love. Again she will always be remembered. I love you Guys!

    Amanda Teague

  44. Steve, Ruthie, & Hannah,

    We just heard about Robin from Judy Ashley today. After many tears we are comforted by the fact that she is with our Precious Savior. We have many precious memories of Robin in our home when we were all at Seminary & Rosemont Park Bapt. Church. All those times we used to ‘borrow’ her from you just because she was so pleasant to have around. Cheryl & Allan both have many plesant memories of her. Paul and I, Cheryl & Allan all send our love and prayers to you all. We wish we could be there just to be with you all.

    How wonderful to read of Robin’s devotion to God in the Citizen Times. Truly in life she touched many lives for Christ but it looks as if in death she has touched even more. Remember our favorite song? ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ May the ‘Peace that passeth all understanding’ comfort you all. We love you all so much!

    Paul & Ann Large, FBC, Columbus, OH
    Cheryl (Large) Pulsinelli
    Allan Large

  45. Dear Steve and Ruthie,

    My heart goes out to you and my deepest sympathies are beyond expression.

    You are in my prayers.

    Bro. Paul

  46. I’m so sorry about the loss of Robin. I know she was dear to all of you. I also know that she’s in a better place now and you will see her again in Heavan. My prayers are with you even though I wasn’t able to attend the services. In Him,

  47. Steve, Ruthie and Hannah and Wes,

    Thank you so much for allowing me the great honor and privilege of celebrating Robin’s life. As her life continues in a way we can all only imagine we can keep her memory alive through the many lives she touched. Robin always made us want to be a better person. I, for one, plan or raising my bar and using Robin as my measuring stick. I thank Jesus for allowing us the special times we’ve had with her and look forward to seeing her again. I pray for your healing over the next difficult months. Know that you are deeply loved and treasured. I will not leave you my treasured friends.

  48. Dear Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah,

    I know my words my be a little late. I know it has been a few years since I have seen or spoke to your family. All of the girls at Calvary were really close w/ Robin. I will always remember her bright, warm, and loving smile. She was the kindest person I knew. She also had the sweetest voice. When she sang it was like angels singing. I can’t help but think that she is leading the hallelujah’s in heaven. She will be missed by every who’s pressence she graced. Be it through church, school, work, or by a simple hello & a smile. You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Wes, I may not have known you, but I will think of you as well. I know you lost someone very special. May God be with all of you to lift you up during these trying times.

    With my deepest sorrow,
    Mattie Williams

  49. It has been almost two years –
    But I still think on Robin often and carry her spirit with me in every dead that I complete where grace shines through me.

  50. Steve,Ruthie,Hannah,
    WE were so very sorry to hear about your loss of Robin.
    WE will be praying for all of you,and asking God to give you strenght to get through your grief.

    Love to you,
    Lewis and Geana Rollins

  51. To the Luse Family and Wes Parker

    Sorry to hear about your lost. Robin was a great person and a special one. God has a special angel in heaven now with him. We are going to miss Robin here on earth. But one day we will be able to see her again.

  52. May God be with everyone who was blessed with Robin’s presence. My thoughts and prayers especially go out to Wes Parker. I had seen Robin worship during services at Biltmore Baptist Church and thought how radiant & genuine her praise was. I saw it in her face during worship. Although I did not know her personally I feel a tremendous lost. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone including the Parker’s whom I know. May God give us the understanding and strength needed through this difficult time.

  53. To the Luse Family,

    I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone else like Robin. So few people are as filled with God’s love as she was. She loved so many so completely, and gave so much of her time and heart to others, that it honestly amazed me. I know that her heart was already in heaven long before May 1st- and that she is now sitting in the lap of her Heavenly Father, happier than any of us have ever seen her! I’ll miss her wonderful smile and the warm hugs she always gave. And I will continue to admire and reflect upon her example of what being in love with Jesus truly looks like.

  54. Dear Mr. And Mrs. Luse, Hannah, and Wes Parker:

    Robin was a bright and shining light in our lives, as I know she was in yours. When we think of Robin, her constant, beaming smile is the first thing that comes to mind. Her life was an example of living her faith ‘? she had such a positive, upbeat attitude about everything. Our son is in her classroom, and he loves her dearly, and so do we. He is very sad and misses Robin. We are grateful for the short time we got to know her and benefit from her sincere outpouring of love and kindness. She truly made a positive difference in the life of our son, and she left a lasting impression upon our hearts.

  55. We just found out on Sunday about Robin from one of the newspapers that Claire brought home (from school). I wish we had known earlier about the service so we could have come. I have tried to call you several times. We are planning on moving to Greenville around June 20th. Hope to talk to you before that. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love Andi & Reams O’Neal

  56. I know that I speak on behalf of many in the Buncombe County Junior Miss ‘family’ in expressing our love and sympathy to the Luse family at this time. We will always treasure all that Robin was….She truly exemplified what Junior Miss was all about…promise, talent, grace, excellence, determination. From the moment she walked in the door to be a part of the program, I think we all knew she was special. We were right. She gave so much to all of us and will always be a part of us and of the program. I feel so fortuate that she was with us these past two years as an emcee and a judge….so that her light could shine upon a new generation of young women that we can only hope will achieve what she achieved in her short life. She will be sorely missed….but I am certain she will be smiling down on us each September….making sure all continue to ‘Be Their Best Selves.’

  57. Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah,
    I am so greatful for the time I have had with Robin. My memories go back as far as second grade. She has always been an encourgament to all people who she encountered. She loved everyone and was never afraid to show the love of Christ to others. I feel so blessed to have been a friend of hers. I do thank God for every memory. I am looking forward to the day when we are all reunited with Robin. I love you all and am keeping you close in my prayers.

  58. May God wrap his loving arms around your family & comfort you during the loss of your loved one.Our prayers go out to each of you at this time.

  59. The brilliant red curls that bounced as she would almost run to meet you. She smile would warm you all over. The light from her eyes was not of this world. Then her arms would rap around you and hold you so close and hard that it filled you with such joy that it would almost make you cry and she would hold you like that for at least a minute. Whe she finaly let you go she would ask you how you were doing you know she really ment it. Her yes never left yours. you always felt like there was just the two of you talking. Her eyes would look right through you but always full of love. When you had the joy to hear her talk about her life you knew you were blessed to hear her heart. She was always the first to point out her faults.
    I heard someone once say that Rodin was like a rescue dog that would bring wounded people to Grace where she felt they would find rest and love like she had found.
    Even though I have not been able to spend much time with her in the past year. It is hard for me to like of life without her. The thing that gives the most peace is that I know she is with the One who loves her more then we.
    I know that it is much harder one all of us who are left her without her warmth but how can I ask to have her back when I know she is free from the pains of this world.
    So I say good-bye for now to a soul that I will miss deeply!

  60. To the Luse family and Wes,
    I had the wonderful privelege of meeting Robin at a friend’s birthday party. I will never forget how she spoke with such elegance and kindness, beauty and grace and I want you to know, that although I only got to meet her twice, I will never forget the awesome light of Jesus that shone from her. She is absolutely beautiful and the love of Christ radiated from her…what a legacy she has left! I only wish that I could have gotten to know her better. I rejoice in the fact that she is with the One that loves her so much more than we but my heart is broken for you and I pray that God will comfort you and give you peace in this difficult time…I am praying for you everyday, I love you all,
    Aprille Davis

  61. My Condolences to the Luce Family:

    Robin was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Asheville ten years ago. I remember sitting in Ms. Meadow’s class in 7th grade and meeting her for the first time- I cannot believe she is gone. I have so many wonderful memories of her. I remember her at my birthday parties in middle school and high school and how much fun she was. She was always willing to help, she had the most beautiful singing voice, she saw nothing but the best in everyone, she was without a doubt the most benevolent and kindest person I have ever known, she was someone who I always looked up to and modeled myself after. I know Robin was deeply devoted to her faith and had an endless love for God. She is in a better place & is shining down on us from heaven and we can take comfort in that. I can only hope that those of us who where literally lucky enough to know her can learn and live each day with the memory of her goodness and how we can attempt to reflect some semblance of her.
    God bless you Robin. You will be missed more then humanly possible and you touched us all in such profound way the world will seem darker without your presence in it. Thank you for everything you gave us, we love you.

  62. To the Luse family:

    Robin’s beautiful and unique spirit will live on through the many lives that she touched. I know that she continues to touch my life with all the wonderful memories I have of her. Robin, Bethany, and I were very close in high school, and I thank God that I had the chance to know her. Robin wrote in my senior book that so many times she needed someone to just listen to her, and I was there. She said she knew God would bless me for it, what she did not know is that God had already fufilled those blessings through her wonderful friendship with me. Robin and your family were like a second family to me, and I am praying that you have strength and guidance through this difficult time. One of my mentors once said to me a quote that I carry with me always, ‘To love someone is to see the face of God’ -Les Miserables- I will always remember her smile, and warm heart, but most of all the love she carried for her family and friends.

  63. Hannah and Mr. and Mrs. Luse: I wish I could see you all in person. Robin meant so much to me and everyone else she knew. I send my greatest condolences and wish you the warmest of thoughts during this difficult time. Please keep in touch. Much love to you all.

  64. Wes, I didn’t get the chance to meet Robin, but I know she was special if she managed to capture you. I am so sorry about your loss and you will always be in my prayers. I’ll be here if you need me.

  65. My prayers are with each of you. Robin paved the way for young Christians. I’ll never forget her warm smile and shining example. She’ll forever be a role model for me and I look forward to seeing her in Heaven. Thank you, Robin, for making this world a better place.

  66. Dear Ruth, Ruthie, Steve, and Hannah, Kathy and I were so saddened to hear about Robin and want you to know that you all are in our prayers. We are so glad that we got to know you and Robin this past year and we knew right away that Robin was a very special young lady. Although it is a hard time right now we are confident that our Lord will continue to give you strength and comfort and the blessed hope that you will see her again in glory. We love you, Roger and Kathy Scholten

  67. Dear Steve, Ruthie and Hannah,
    Words cannot express the sadness we feel for your tragic loss of Robin. She was a true example of a person living a Christ filled life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you .

  68. Dear Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah

    There are no words to adequately express how Robin has so lovingly affected many lives. Anyone who knew her saw Christ’s love through her actions and words. When I think of Robin, I see her continuous smile and hear her kind words. She may be gone from us, but I know her life’s example will continue to draw people to Christ. I love each one of you dearly and my heart breaks for you. Praise God that we have eternal hope in Him and one day we will see her again. You are in my prayers.

  69. Steve, Ruthie and Hannah,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time of loss. We pray for you all.
    Bob, Suzie & Caroline May

  70. Dear Mr. and Mrs Luse, and Hannah: I met your family many years ago at Calvary Baptist Church where Robin quickly became one my friends. I remember the tea parties and the sleepovers at your house and all the wonderful fun we had together. Although Robin and I lost touch over the years I know that her beautiful smile continued to brightened the lives of so many others throughout her life.
    I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my thoughts.

  71. Dear Steve and Ruthie,

    I am very sorry for your loss. I went to church with you at Calvary Baptist Church here in Asheville when both my daughter and Robin were in youth together. My daughter is Tiffany Welborn and I was then married to Kevin Hopper. Ruthie and I worked together with the youth at Calvary. Robin was a beautiful young lady, inside and out. She and Hannah were always smiling and laughing as young girls. It was a pleasure and joy to have known her and the rest of your family. She touched many people during her so few years. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
    Cathy Hopper

  72. Steve, Ruthie, and Hannah,
    We grieve with you at your loss.
    What a beautiful young lady, on the inside and the outside.
    Denise and Danny Sherrill

  73. I was very saddened to hear of Robin’s death. She was such a sweet and beautiful girl. I knew her because my husband has taught and coached at Erwin for 18 years. Robin and I had many conversations at the football and basketball games. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the Lord give you peace and comfort.

  74. Dear ones,
    You raised a fine lady that touched the lives of so many people. It was an honor for my husband and I to have met her. Words cannot express our deepest sympathy. We grieve with you in your loss.

    I remember seeing the sparkle in her eyes as she looked at you Wes, her future husband. She was so proud of you, and loved you so very much. I know she was very much looking forward to being your wife. Robin could captivate with her smile, and she loved with a heart so pure and tender. She was radiant. Her spirit lightened even a dark room. What a fine young lady, and what a terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

  75. Our Junior Miss class of 1999 has gone through so much loss over these past years. It gives me peace to know that heaven has gone through so much gain!

    Both Robin and Amanda are rejoicing together on the streets of gold. Robin will always hold a very special place in my heart. She was my ‘secret sister’ at Junior Miss. I loved how positive and encouraging she was. Her love for Jesus reflected through everything that she did. I’m excited for the day that I will be able to see her again

    My prayers are with you Steve, Ruthie and Hannah and the rest of the family.

  76. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you at this time. Robin was such a beautiful spririted young woman. She brought light and a smile into every room. Please know you are in my heart and in my prayers.

  77. I am sorry to hear of the loss of Robin, I cannot say that I knew Robin on a personal basis as many others did but I ran track with her at Erwin High School and her bright smile and her love for Christ and everyone around her will never be forgotten. There was never a day that went by when you didn’t see her with that big beautiful smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  78. We just wanted to let you know we are praying for you all. Robin was such a beautiful young lady, both inside and out. Love, Gary & Donna

  79. Wes,

    We are praying for you, your family and Robin’s family.

    In Christ’s Love,
    The Moore’s

  80. We were so very saddened to learn of your loss. Though we did not know Robin personally, we could feel how beloved she was when you wrote of her to us. Our hearts reach out to you. Our prayers go with you. May God grant you peace and comfort.

  81. To Robin’s dear family (and to Wes, who I am sorry I never had the chance to meet),

    I was friends with Robin in high school and I have lost touch with her in the past couple years. Even so, I am heartbroken at her loss because she holds such a special place in my memory and in my heart. I remember her walking through the hallways at school, singing. She was such a joyous spirit and so beautiful in every way. I know this is the same thing everyone else is saying and I wish there were better words to express what I mean. To Robin’s parents and sister, I remember the incredible love she had for you when she talked about you. To Wes, I don’t doubt for a second that you received the same kind of love from her. She reminded everyone how great life is, and her faith was inspiring. She was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I don’t know what else to say except that I have such good memories of Robin, I am grieving for her, and I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know Robin has touched many people’s lives, and I am thinking of you all and praying that you will find peace.

  82. Wesley-
    Susannah and I were shocked and saddened to hear of your incredible person. Please know that we will pray for you and Robin’s family during this difficult time. May God shower you with mercy and peace.

  83. A beautiful young woman has been called home, and there is much rejoicing in Heaven! I met Robin when my daughter (Jackie Blaine Sitton) was in Junior Miss, and it was quite evident what a special young woman Robin was. I’m so thankful our paths crossed though brifely for one summer. May God sustain you in the coming days…


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