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ROBINSON, Maria

It is with great sadness that her children announce the passing of Maria Robinson, “Ria” (nee Van der Aa) on Tuesday August 7, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta after a short illness.

She will be sorely missed by Fred, Audrey, Bill (Lynda) and Jimmy and her ten grandchildren, Bryan, Tyler, Kim, Michael, Daniel, Brad, Kerri, Lauren, Jordan, and Emily and her great grandchildren Charlie and Mason, of whom she was so proud. She was predeceased by her husband James in 1978. Ria had a challenging life having emigrated as a war bride from the Netherlands to arrive in a strange country whose language she did not speak and whose customs she did not entirely grasp. But she had a zest for life and made friends easily. She was the ultimate mama bear who would do anything for her family. She loved to laugh, she loved to cook and entertain and was never happier than with a glass of white wine in her hands stealing nickels from her children, grandchildren or neighbours in sometimes cut-throat games of cribbage, bridge or Dutch euchre. She leaves a legacy of warmth, compassion, courage and enduring fortitude as well as many dear friends from the Peterborough, Calgary and Palm Springs areas. We would like to thank the staff in Unit 74 at the Rockyview Hospital who made her final days as comfortable as possible. We especially want to thank Dr. Charles Henegan and Toni who treated her with compassion and kindness in her final years.

There will be a Private Gathering of family and friends to celebrate Ria’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to a charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Maria Robinson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Jean Behan and family :

    Ria was a lot of fun and we had good times together playing cards, having lunch and many laughs. She will be missed by the family!

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  2. Bonnie Morley :

    I worked with Ria at CGE. I remember the day she had us over for a party. Before we knew it, people were jumping up from the table yelling fire. We had set the tableclothe on fire instead of her famous dessert. Never a dull moment when we got to-gether. She was very good to me and my kids when I was getting divorced. She was a dear friend. I wish I had seen her more often when she came to Peterborough.

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  3. Vera, Bill and Ann YOUNG :

    We are very sorry for your loss. My parents (Vera & Bill ) attended many a party with Ria and Jimmy and always had a great time!

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  4. I remember as a kid your mom’s great sense of humor and her expressiveness. Bill, do you remember your mom’s reaction the time we waved to her as we drove by in a police car after we found and reported the stolen car in the woods? She was ready to string us up! Great memories! I’m sure she will be missed.

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  5. I was very sorry to hear of your loss of your mother my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

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  6. Fred. My deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Regards. Dave.

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  7. My deepest sympathies to you and your family .
    Regards Stephan

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