Dolores ?Dee? Robinson died peacefully in Chandler, Arizona under the care of Hospice on April 11, 2006.
Dolores Marie was born to Valerie and Joseph Houska on August 26, 1930 on their family farm near Grafton, ND. She grew up on this farmstead with her sisters and brother and graduated from Grafton High School as Valedictorian in 1948.
She met Phillip Robinson and they were married on October 4, 1950. She and Phillip lived in Grafton, Fargo and West Fargo, where they raised five daughters and one son. During this time, Dee was employed by NDSU, Bristol?s Distributing and S/S Electronics as an administrative assistant until her retirement in 1985. At that time, she and Phil moved to Sun Lakes, AZ where she enjoyed walking, gardening, traveling with her husband and a special love for hummingbirds. One of her greatest joys was her work as a volunteer at Chandler Hospital and as an usher in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Chandler, each for 14 years. Phillip died on July 7, 1990.
Dee loved to spend time with her 8 granddaughters, 1 great grandson, 6 step granddaughters, their spouses and 17 step great grandchildren, all of whom knew her as ?Grandma Dee?. She will always be remembered for the kindness, gentleness and quiet advice she gave her children. Her subtle sense of humor could put anyone she met at ease.
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister, Rita, who was born and died in 1932.
She is survived and will be remembered lovingly by her children, Phyllis (Wayne) Henderson of Minot, ND, Greg of San Francisco, CA, Gayle (George) Robinson-Gardner of Oxnard, CA, Barbara (Joel) Mykleseth of Gilbert, AZ, Kay (Jim) Robinson-Johnson of Fargo, Lisa (David) Samuelson of Minneapolis, MN; her many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Monica (Allen) Groven of Fountain Hills, AZ, Elaine Isaacson; brother, Ron (Janice) Houska and ?Auntie? Theodora Dvorak, all of Grafton, ND. Her nieces and nephews will remember ?Auntie Dee? with love, as well as cousins, friends and neighbors throughout her lifetime. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice.
A memorial service honoring Dee?s life will be held at Boulger Funeral Home on Friday, July 7, 2006 at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.