Madeline Malia Robbins, 5, of Astoria, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at home. She battled a rare form of childhood cancer for 17 months.

She was born July 6, 2003, in Astoria, to Luke and Taeryn Robbins. Her parents survive, residing in Astoria.

She attended kindergarten at Robert Gray Elementary School in Astoria.

Family members said she loved playing with friends and her brother and had a vivid imagination. She loved drama, ballet and various performances.

In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother, Silas Robbins of Astoria; four grandparents, Al and Mary Szepi of Ontario, Wis., and Irv and Cindy Robbins of Cabot, Vt.; and a great-grandmother, Florence Szepi of Englewood, Fla.

A celebration of life will be starting at 3 p.m. Sunday in The Loft, located in The Red Building, 20 Basin St. There will be fun activities for children.

The Madeline Malia Robbins Memorial Fund has been set up as an advocacy for childhood opportunity. Any branch of the U.S. Bank will facilitate a donation. Madeline's passion for dance has inspired her parents to provide a scholarship to Maddox Dance Studio as one of the memorial fund goals.

Ocean View Cremation & Burial Service of Astoria is in charge of the arrangements.

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