As her children, we feel we can agree that our mother Lucy was an ORIGINAL. She left this world having lead a full and active life. Her loves, interests, and abilities were varied and endless. Her curiosity, compassion, and love of conversation meant that no one near her was a stranger for long. From family to animals, friends, and community, Lucy found time and energy for all.
Although her parents, Max and Bessie lived at Miller Ranch, south of Carrot Creek, Lucy was born on May 14, 1937, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Edson, Alberta. For Lucy, her early life at “the Ranch” was paradise.
The family moved to Niton in October 1946, after her parents bought the store from Sam Robinson. For Lucy, the adjustments to regular school, the loss of animals left behind, and finally the sale of “the Ranch” were bitter pills to swallow. However, in December 1947, Elizabeth Julia, or sister Beth, was born. Lucy remembered being excited that the baby had finally come.
During this time, with the store, CN activities, and the Niton Community Society, Niton (believe it or not) was a happening place! Dances, plays, and attending movies, because her dad had a vehicle, were some of Lucy’s options. Her companions were often members of the McPhee family, cousin Maureen and Mildred Wiseman.
In 1956, Lucy was a member of the first graduating class of Niton Central School. She married Jack Robinson, oldest son of Sam and Valma Robinson, in November of that year. As a young couple, they took up residence in Carrot Creek on the Robinson homestead. During their time in Carrot Creek, their four children Leisa, Coleman, Julia, and Dean were born. The family moved to Niton in 1964. Jack had work truck driving and Lucy started helping her dad in the store.
Those years were busy for Lucy with four children, a store, a farm, and a husband who worked away in the north. There were music lessons, talent shows, hockey and school sport events, fairs, parades, horse shows, and rodeos. Lucy even managed to decorate numerous wedding cakes for young couples and act in the annual community plays. She often remembered those enjoyable times, such as when Kenny Lind helped construct and decorate a challenging wedding cake.
In 1976, Lucy bought the Evansburg Ceramic Shop and moved it into the store building at Niton. She was grateful to Ray Blackburn, Gordon Hanson, Doris Currie, Doreen and Harold McLean and many more who helped her get her new business up and running. As a life-long learner, Lucy attended ceramic technique lessons in Edmonton to stay a lesson or two ahead of her students. She enjoyed the ceramic business very much and was very well supported by the surrounding communities.
In 1980, Lucy moved to Likely, BC, where she and Clint Coleman spent twenty years as active members of the gold mining community. She was soon a director of the Cariboo Mining Association, President of the Likely Chamber of Commerce, as well as host and guide for any wayward miner or tourist who decided to take an interest or risk in gold mining. With gold prices down, in 1996, Lucy and Clint returned to Alberta, although mom continued to enjoy spending time each summer at her second home in Likely.
Back in Niton, with the use of Lucy’s farm and her purchase of two Belgian colts from Linda and Ted Ice, they jumped back into the horse business. For mom, one of the highlights of those years was their time spent camping at the former Miller Ranch. After Clint passed away in July of 2020, with Lucy at his side, mom found the life of a single woman very challenging. However, she enjoyed family times and daily visits with friends in her home and at the local cafe.
After a cancer diagnosis on her 84th birthday, Lucy passed away on August 22, 2021, at the Edson Hospital. She is survived by her daughter Leisa (Rod), son Coleman (Colleen), daughter Julia (Rick), son Dean (Dawn), seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother in-law, Charlie, and cousins Maureen, Sandi, and the Millers.
To the end, Lucy was interested in life around her. Her family, animals, friends, and community were sources of comfort and activity. Lucy was always willing to chat, laugh, and sometimes swear about the topics of the day. Mom, you will be missed.