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NOREEN E. ROBBINS (published on July 22, 2009)



NOREEN E. ROBBINS (nee MCDONALD) August 27, 1923 July 19, 2009 Peacefully at the St. Norbert PCH on July 19, 2009, Noreen Robbins passed away at the age of 85. She was predeceased by her parents Iva and Neil McDonald; sister Fern; and brothers Don and Brent. She will be sadly missed and remembered by her sons Richard and Tony (Wendi-lee); grandchildren Lane (Jason), and Kyle; and great-grandchild Leah. She is also survived by her brother Roger and nieces and nephews. Noreen was born and raised in O'Leary, PEI and upon graduation set out for Summerside, PEI, where ultimately in 1950, she met and married Bill Robbins, a young RCAF air traffic controller. They had their first son Richard in 1951 while stationed in Summerside. In 1952, while stationed at Greenwood, NS in the Annapolis Valley, Tony arrived. As was the typical life in the Forces, transfers to all corners of Canada and Europe became the norm throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Finally, the last posting was to Gimli and ultimately conversion to civilian life in Winnipeg by 1968. Subsequent to her divorce in 1970, Noreen embarked in a new direction, starting work as a sales associate at the Westwood Zellers Department Store. There she showed her adaptive skills, rotating through the stationery, sewing and fabrics (a natural), cosmetics, shoes, fashion, gun shop (back in the day, Zellers sold guns and ammo), and finally jewelry departments. At the end of 1992, she hung up her nametag, and settled into retirement. Her home on Cavalier Drive was her pride and joy. Gardening, sewing, cooking/baking, and above all else, reading were her passions. Civic and political discussions were always passionate pastimes, and you could revel in her use of an extensive vocabulary, aided and abetted by her voracious reading. Although the last few years were less than kind to her as her hearing and mobility declined, yard work was always done, and any company dropping in, or shopping outings were greatly appreciated. It is with sadness we say goodbye. A celebration of her life will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. CHAPEL LAWN 885-9715


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