Robinson, Dorothy Florence (nee Carroll)
December 12, 1922 – July 19, 2021
With great love and heavy hearts, the family of Dorothy (lovingly known as Nan, Robbie and Bubs), announce her peaceful passing surrounded by family in Edmonton, Alberta.
She is survived and will be missed by her sister Olive Roeckner, her children Douglas (Mary Ellen), Don (Carolyn), David (Mary), Deborah Edwardsen, Duncan (Debra), Dale (Donna), Dean (Harriet), Denton (Stacey), her 26 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and many other beloved family members and friends.
She was predeceased by her sister Betsey Carroll, parents Francis and Florence Carroll, baby daughter Dorian Faye, husband Douglas Robinson, and daughter-in-law Agnes Robinson.
Nan was born in Epsom-Surrey, England. When she was a child her family moved to Toronto and then to Vancouver. She went on to pursue nursing studies at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria at age 19. After graduating, she moved to Trail and worked at the hospital. It was in Trail that she met her husband on a blind date and they were married 61 terrific years before his passing. They lived in Trail, Swift Current, Estevan, Lethbridge, Fort St. John, Edmonton and Sherwood Park while raising and enjoying their family. In each place they lived Nan was grateful for her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, friends and was actively involved in a variety of charity work. A special thank you to the amazing staff and neighbours at Bedford Village in Sherwood Park for making her last 9 years so enjoyable.
Nan was a caring and vibrant person who loved winning at crib, trips to Maui, Palm Springs and Mexico, a good gin and tonic and playing golf. She tried several times to get her driver’s license and watching her drive the golf cart… we all understood why it never happened. More than anything though she loved her time with her family. They spent many years going to Little Bear Lake, Saskatchewan and many memories were created there.
When asked what her greatest accomplishment was she stated that she didn’t think she had any except maybe a successful family. She added that she couldn’t lay claim to any of that because they did it all by themselves. She was so proud of her children and their families.
The words of advice she wanted to leave us all with were, “Never plan too much. Take it one day at a time because it is all about your state of mind.” She lived life to the fullest and what a beautiful life it was.
There will be a family celebration of life in Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of her favourite causes: The Stollery Children’s Hospital, The Humane Society, The Canadian Cancer Society or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.