Phyllis was born to Norman and Mabel MacAulay at Gadsby, Alberta, a sister for Thora and Gordon. Three years later her little sister Betty was born, completing the family. Phyllis passed away October 25, 2014. Phyllis attended Foreman and Prairie Grove Schools. She then went on to Calgary to attend business school, before returning to the Gadsby area.
When World War II was over James Henry Robinson returned from the army and they were married in Red Deer, on December 26, 1946. They settled on the farm north of Gadsby, raising grain and cattle. To this happy union eight children were born. Phyllis worked hard on the farm, raising their children, doing chores, as well as maintaining a large garden. She was an active member of the United Church, Omega Circle, Round and Square Dancing Club, 4-H Club, Superfluity, Senior Bowling and a Friends and Neighbors’ group.
Phyllis was a caring person whose door was always open. Family and friends were always welcome. If you happened to stop by, you would often stay for a meal.
When their children were all on their own Phyllis embarked on a new career as a Massage Therapist. She spent countless hours studying and practicing. Her strong hands gave relief to many of her clients. Her grandson Guy called her “Grandma Massagin.”
Her husband Jim passed away on April 29, 1998. Shortly after, Phyllis suffered a stroke and moved to Stettler. She continued to massage clients and bowl. After another stroke in 2000, she moved into Heart Haven Lodge and resided there until her passing. Phyllis Marie (MacAulay) Robinson leaves behind a legacy of family, friends and acquaintances that will truly miss her. Memories are forever and always cherished by the beholder.
She is survived by her loving family: Jimaine Walgenbach, Deborah (Harold) Hansel, Norman (Donna) Robinson, Patti Everson, Robert (Gwen) Robinson, Raymond (Tami) Robinson, Betty Ann (John) Cassidy and Laurel (Billy) Smith; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother Gordon MacAulay and brother in law Robert Layden; as well as other relatives and friends. Predeceased by her parents Mabel and Norman MacAulay, husband James Robinson, sisters Thora Kromm and Betty Layden, brother in law John Kromm, sister in law Hilda MacAulay, step father Ray Porter, granddaughter Ann Marie Brain, great granddaughter Shelby Diegel, sons in law Bruce Everson and Stan Walgenbach.
Funeral services were held at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Jan Richardson of Stettler United Church officiating. Musical tributes were given by great granddaughter Chloe Shingoose as she sang three solos, great granddaughter Taylor Diegel played a piano solo, while grandchildren Wylie, Charly and Gelasia gave loving tributes of Grandma to those present. Interment took place earlier in the day at Omega Cemetery in Gadsby where Phyllis was laid to rest with her husband Jim. Honorary Pallbearers were her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Omega Circle or the charity of your own choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L0. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.