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Woman behind smiling bush at 58th & Indiana dies after battle with cancer

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 2:04 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - We’ve seen the many faces of Lubbock’s smiling bush, but lesser-known is the homeowner behind it: Alison Robinson.

Robinson died from Stage 4 breast cancer on Tuesday. Friends say the young mother’s illness did not define her.

“[She] was super outgoing. Just vibrant as can be,” Tracy Moreno said.

The quirky, larger-than-life topiary is even part of family traditions.

“Every month when they do a new decoration, I take a picture of my kids in front of the bush and I send it to my family in Nebraska,” neighbor Mary Norman said. ”It also just brings joy and happiness to people when they see it. It makes you smile.”

“That’s why we do it,” Moreno said.

Moreno decorates the iconic bush at 58th and Indiana. He posted on social media Wednesday a tribute to Robinson.

With a heavy heart, my friend Alison Robinson has passed away today. I would like for everyone that sees this post to...

Posted by Tracy Moreno on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

He says they met through a mutual friend years ago and he has been decorating the bush since. He said in a 2019 interview with KCBD that the bush meant so much to Alison and to the community and he was proud to be a part of it.

“She never gave up. She was always fighting. Unfortunately, her body did just eventually give up,” Moreno said.

In many of the seasonal displays, a ribbon for metastatic breast cancer awareness is included for her.

He hopes to keep it going for as long as possible.

“There’s always someone that needs to be hugged or treated with kindness and if anything I know that that’s what Alison would want. Is make sure you love the people you’re around and care for those that need to be loved,” Moreno said.

GOFUNDME: In Memory of Alison Robinson

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