The matriarch of the former American Speed Association, a series which captivated a racing audience for well over a generation, has died. Rebecca K. (Becky) Robbins, 71, of Pendleton, Ind. passed away Monday, Nov. 29, at her home after an extended illness.
She was born on Oct. 12, 1939 in Anderson, Ind., the daughter of Charles and Kathleen Rector Noble, who preceded her in death.
In school, she was a cheerleader at Chesterfield, Highland, and Daleville, graduating from Daleville High School in 1957. She was an employee of Vasbinder Realty from 1958 until 1961.
She was a partner in Trackside Associates, owners of Anderson Speedway from 1976 until 1997, and was co-founder/owner of the American Speed Association Inc. with her husband, Rex, for 36 years.
She and her husband retired in 1999 and spent winters in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. until 2007, when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Rex L. Robbins; a son, Brian R. Robbins and wife Jennifer; a daughter, Kelly L. Robbins Eshelman and husband Brad; and four grandchildren; two sisters, Sue Noble Cheatham and husband Don, and Tamara Noble Mitchell; sisters-in-law Majorie Silvka, Betty and Ralph Parker, Phyllis Robbins, Rene Evans, and Deloris Landwerling, and brothers-in-law Robert and Larry Robbins.
The family has expressed special appreciation to Community Hospice Services and special caregivers Carolyn Brown, Robin Allor, and Effie Johnson.
Visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 3 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service in Anderson.
Services will be held at Rozelle-Johnson at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
The family requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial contributions to the Madison County Humane Society.
E-mail condolences may be sent to RJFuneralSvc@aol.com.
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