Tiffany Robbins, a homemaker and 2006 Etowah High School graduate, died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital of apparent internal injuries shortly after an emergency Cesarean section that wasn’t able to save her baby, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
A joint funeral service for Robbins and her baby is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel.
After the funeral and for many years to come, Robbins’ aunt, Judy Beale, says the family plans to hold her memory close, especially for the sake of the Robbins’ 2-year-old daughter, Malaya, who will have to grow up without her mother and know that she was in the car during the crash that took her away.“We have one common goal, and that is to make sure that Malaya is raised the way that Tiffany would want her to be raised, with Tiffany’s legacy and spirit in mind,” Beale said. “(Malaya) doesn’t know what’s happened. She kissed her baby sister goodnight every night in her mommy’s belly. We can’t just not talk about it. I’m not going to allow Malaya to grow up and not know her mom.”
Malaya had visible injuries after the wreck and was taken to WellStar along with her mother and the unborn child, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Beale said the 2-year-old has been released and is doing well.
“Her collarbone on the left side was all really very, very bruised,” she said. “The next couple days, we noticed that her legs were really bruised, but she’s doing well.”
The rest of the family—including Robbins’ husband, Anthony Robbins—though is struggling to understand why the accident happened and deal with the loss, Beale said.
“I am taking this death harder than when my parents passed away, honestly,” Beale said. “My heart is torn in a million pieces. I just want her back.”
Police said Robbins drove into the path of a pickup truck on Victory Drive in Acworth. The man driving the truck was not charged, according to police.
Beale said Robbins was a kind former daycare teacher who worked tirelessly for her family. She worked day-in, day-out for Malaya and Anthony and spent much of her time caring for her blind mother and older father, cooking meals for them and making sure they made it to their doctors’ appointments, Beale said.
“She was truly an angel on this Earth,” Beale said. “She touched more lives in her 26 years…than I have in my 47 years. She never had a bad word to say about anybody.”
Beale said Robbins’ character is part of what has the family so devastated.
In a telephone interview late Wednesday, Beale read a note Robbins’ husband wrote as a message to friends, family and his late wife on Facebook.
“It doesn’t seem fair. I can’t believe that you can never hold our precious Malaya anymore here on this Earth. She isn’t going to understand. How could she? I’m not sure what I will tell her when she asks for you today,” the letter read. “I wish we had more time, more love, more memories, more babies like Malaya. I love you so much…I will always cherish our time together.”
Beale said the heartbreak in Anthony Robbins’ message was genuine.
“They just loved each other so much,” she said. “They had the best marriage of anybody.”
Tiffany and Anthony Robbins, who were married more than three years, met by “accident” about eight years ago and were inseparable since, Beale said.
Like Robbins’ husband, Beale said she has struggled with how to explain to the child left behind what happened. Shortly after the wreck, she sat down with Malaya and did her best.
“I said, ‘Mommy had to go bye-bye,’” Beale recalled.
Malaya asked why.
“’Mommy got hurt and your sister got hurt, so they went night-night, they’re sleeping and they’re in the sky with Jesus,’” Beale said she told the child.
Malaya didn’t say much and looked around.
“She doesn’t understand,” Beale said. “She doesn’t get it.”
The next day, Beale said she tried again to explain to Malaya what happened when the two were walking outside. Beale pointed to the sky and told the girl to look up where her mother and sister were.
Malaya looked into the sky, searching for something to see.
She didn’t say anything again, Beale said. She still didn’t understand.