Friday, May 29, 2009

Nancy Jane Robinson

Nancy Jane Robinson, 67, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from ovarian cancer. She was at home surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be conducted at Cloverdale Funeral Home Chapel, Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 2 p.m. with reception to follow at the Cloverdale Reception Center.

Nancy was born Sept. 29, 1941, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the first born of Jacob and Eleanor (DeYoung) Harberts. Nancy grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her family moved to Redlands, Calif., in 1959, where she met and married Keith William Robinson on Nov. 11, 1960. Nancy and Keith moved to Hailey, Idaho, in 1971, where they raised their family. After the children had grown, she moved with Keith in 1989 to Twin Falls, where she started college. She taught high school math at Twin Falls High School for nine years before retiring in 2003. In 2007, Nancy and Keith moved to Meridian, Idaho, to be closer to family.

Nancy earned her high school diploma from Union High School in Grand Rapids in 1959. She worked at General Telephone in California and Mountain Bell Telephone in Hailey while keeping house and raising three children. Nancy earned a bachelor's of science in education from Boise State University in 1994. Reflective of her "it's never too late" attitude, Nancy got braces at 40, earned her college degree at 53, and was pirating music over the Internet in her early 60s while her family worried about possible jail time.

Nancy had many and varied interests over the years, always tied together by a love of music, family and friends. She enjoyed singing in choirs, playing bridge and voracious reading, as well chatting with friends the world over via the Internet. Nancy and Keith took retirement as a "go" sign and left for parts unknown in the RV. Together they discovered beautiful lakes and mountains in Canada, the windy plains of Texas, and all the choice spots to winter and soak up the sun and fun. In addition, Nancy traveled to Japan several times to visit her daughter. To preserve the memories made with family and friends, she created beautiful scrapbooks that will be enjoyed by family for generations to come.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 48 years, Keith, of Meridian, Idaho; son Robby of North Pole, Ala.; son Phillip (Mondae) and grandchildren Mykaela and Morgan Robinson of Boise, Idaho; daughter Rebecca (Phil Romans) and grandchildren Bo and Nicholas Romans of Haymarket, Va.; sister Carol "Mike" Aalbers and brothers Tom, Dick, and Harry Harberts. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Eleanor Harberts.

Please consider donations to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance or other cancer-related research. Condolences for the family can be submitted online at

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