Robinson, Mavis

December 8, 2017 - 3:02pm
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Kamloops, B.C.

November 23, 1918 – November 29, 2017

Mavis Robinson passed away peacefully on November 29, 2017 less than a week after her 99th birthday which she celebrated with joy at a party held in Kamloops Seniors Village with family, her care home friends, and the staff she loved and who loved her in return. She will be greatly missed. 
She was the youngest of three children (Kenneth and Elaine) born to Harold Windross Jackson and Edith Annie (Swindon). She was predeceased by her husband Walter Robinson (1991), sons-in-law, James Weseen, John Ottoson, and Gerry Dionne, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth. 
She is survived by five children: son Peter Robinson (Sandra Moores), and daughters,Wendy Weseen, Janet Robinson (Terry Gillmore), Susan Dionne, and Elaine LaBar (David), 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Mavis was born in Tollerton, Yorkshire, England, married Walter Robinson in 1940 during the second world war in St Botolphe's Anglican Church in Knottingley,Yorkshire when he was in uniform serving in the Glasgow Highland Regiment. She immigrated to Canada with her husband and family in 1955 to Outlook, Saskatchewan sailing on the S.S. Captain Cook, with 13 trunks and $75 in their pocket. They subsequently moved to Hope, British Columbia in 1964 where she lived for 38 years. During that time she worked as a nurses' aide and a doctor's assistant. While in Hope, she was a United Church Board member, a member of two writers groups, two choirs, and the Women's Institute. She was a self-taught pianist, and a writer of poetry and personal essays, one of which was published in the Legionnaire Magazine. After a short stay in Osoyoos, Mavis moved into Berwick Retirement Home in Kamloops in 2004 to be close to her daughter Elaine and then to Kamloops Seniors Village in 2009. In 2016 at 98 years of age she won the award for attending the most recreational and cultural events of any resident at the Village.
Mavis lived up to the meaning of her name, Songbird. She had a great zest for life, sang like a bird, and gave whole hearted love to everyone she encountered until her very last day. She has left her family a huge legacy: a capacity to love, an unfailing quick wit, and a passion for the arts especially music, literary art (poetry and memoir), and performing arts. 
A huge thank you to her fellow residents, the staff at Kamloops Senior Village, and to Dr. Peter Loland for their excellent care and the love given to our mother over her eight years there, and at her peaceful death. 
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice. A small Memorial Tea will be held at Kamloops Seniors Village on Sunday Dec. 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m in the Multi-purpose room. A more formal Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when more of her family are able to attend. Arrangements are entrusted to Schoening Funeral Services. 250-374-1454. 

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