Robin Moore Yellin
39 Years Old

January 18, 1958 to October 25, 1997

Robin Moore Yellin, of Memphis, Tennessee, even as a baby, was bright, beautiful, and eager to learn. As she grew, she set high standards for herself, explored varied interests, and developed a strong sense of love, fairness, and generosity. Friends and family were always an important part of her life.

She was fun to be with - kind, warm, vibrant, interesting, dependable - a perfectionist of sorts, but with a wonderful sense of humor. Her winning smile and easy laugh were contagious.

Robin graduated from high school with honors, then received a BSN from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC in 1981. She was licensed as a registered nurse in NC and SC, licensure in Tennessee was pending at the time of her death.

After working at a civilian hospital for one year, Robin received a direct commission into the US Army, rapidly rising to the rank of Major. In 1990, she was deployed to Saudi Arabia for eleven months in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Following eleven and a half years of active federal service, Robin opted to resign her commission in order to pursue a career in law. She was honorably discharged in 1994, having earned several awards, decorations and commendations.

While stationed in Columbia, SC, Robin met the man of her dreams. She married Lawrence B. Yellin in 1994, shortly before they both left army life.

In May, 1997, Robin would have received her Juris Doctorate - four days before celebrating Nate's first birthday.

Robin wanted to make a difference, she tirelessly gave of herself, personally as well as professionally. Had she lived, she would have combined her military experience, her medical skills, and her legal education in order to help others. She would have become a strong advocate and dynamic spokesperson for all who needed her voice.

Robin was an exceptional, cherished young woman whose untimely death at the age of 39 left a void in the hearts of many.

She did make a difference!

On October 25, 1997, in the wee hours of the morning, Robin was killed in a sudden, cruel, senseless moment when a drunk driver crashed into the car. Her husband, Larry, sister-in-law, Robin, and her only son, Nate, were all killed.

Eriberto Vargas was convicted of 4 counts of DUI, manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene. He is currently awaiting sentencing.


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