Elinor Marguerite Robison
April 8, 1926 – July 24, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Elinor Marguerite Robison, a former resident of Indian Head, Saskatchewan. Elinor passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at the Regina General Hospital at the age of 93. Born in Regina on April 8, 1926 and raised in nearby Rowett, Elinor was predeceased by her father Andy and mother Alice, her husband Allan, infant daughter Catherine Heather Robison, as well as her sister, Bernice Taylor. Elinor is survived by her daughter Judy (Ken) Fawcett of Regina; her son Ron (Cathy) Robison of Calgary, seven grandchildren: Kylee ( Kevin) Lang of Regina; Kelsey (Jeff) Piercy of New York; and Chad (Jena) Fawcett of Regina; Jill (Scott) Frickey of Austin, Texas; Casey Robison; Rebecca Robison of Calgary and Kristy Lowes of Victoria; one sister-in-law Leone (Glen) Farrell of Vancouver and six great grandchildren: Grace and Olivia Lang; Carter and Lila Frickey; Payton Fawcett; and James Piercy and two step great grandchildren: Brendan and Adam Lang as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Elinor was an outstanding student and athlete. In addition, to her tennis and softball skills, she excelled academically. Upon graduation from high school, Elinor worked at Birks jewelers and a bank before being accepted to the Royal Metropolitan Hospital Nursing program where she graduated with distinction. After a brief nursing career, Elinor teamed up with her husband Allan and devoted her attention to the Robison’s Department Store where she became an accomplished buyer of women’s clothing and one of the key reasons the business was successful during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Elinor and Allan also managed the Katepwa Beach Hotel and Dance Hall for 10 years while operating the main store business in nearby Indian Head. During this time, Elinor did it all, raising two children while working full time at both Indian Head and Katepwa Lake businesses. She loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends at the cottage at Katepwa Lake. She and her husband Allan looked forward to their annual trips south to Las Vegas and Mesa, Arizona with special friends Dick and Kasper Jewitt attending as many ball games and shopping malls as possible.
Elinor’s nursing training was of critical importance after her husband Allan suffered a stroke. For 17 years, Elinor provided daily care for Allan further demonstrating the devoted role she displayed as his partner over their 49 years of marriage. Elinor’s greatest joy and passion was spending time with her family as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will forever be remembered for her strength, determination and feisty personality. Elinor spent the final years of her life at Wintergreene Estates in Regina and very much enjoyed all the entertainment and activities, especially bingo. The family would like to thank the staff at Wintergreene for the tremendous care and support she received as a resident for over 10 years at this care facility. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Carter, Dr. Robert Cameron, Dr. John Alport and Dr. Ram Abdulla for always being by her side. A graveside service will take place, in honour of Elinor, at the Indian Head Cemetery on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11am. A reception will follow at Elinor’s favourite place in Regina, the Hotel Saskatchewan in the Blue Lounge from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made to the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital c/o Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation 1- 345 3rd Ave S. Saskatoon SK S7K-1M6 or the Regina Hospital Foundation.
- Graveside Service Monday, July 29, 2019
Elinor Marguerite Robison
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Bill and Maureen Coulthard
July 29, 2019
Judy, Ron and families:
We were saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a special person and we loved her warm smile. It was always a good visit when we saw her at Wintergreen. Lots of Coulthard family memories are connected to your Mom, Dad and grandparents. We’ll still be in Ontario so cant make the memorial, but we’re thinking of you all.
July 25, 2019
My condolences to Judy, Ron and family. I was fortunate to have worked at the Robison’s Department Store and experienced first hand the kindnesses and generosity of Elinor and Allan. I affectionately referred to Allan as Big Al. Both Elinor and Allan were influential in my life. I will always have a special place in my heart for both Elinor and Allan. It does seem strange writing there first names as to me they will always be Mr. and Mrs. Robison.
My love and prayers go to the family.