My mom, Elizabeth Porteous Robinson was born December 18, 1927 to Jeanie and Joseph Robinson in Calgary, Alberta at the General Hospital. My mom was raised on a farm in the District of Bulwark. Her father left and she was raised by her mother and her mother’s brother, Jack Morrison. She attended the local school house on horse back and she had many pets on the farm; a dog (Jep) and a pig that my mom spent many hours with.
My mom completed Grade 10. I believe it was at Coronation School as I found two letters of recommendation from the postmaster, Mr. Ellis and the Coronation High School Principal, Mr. Butterfield. In January 1945, she left for Calgary taking her first job with Number 2 Wireless School until it closed in April. She then went to work for the income tax office in June of 1945 until November 1952, and at that time she took a transfer to the air base called 25 AMB. When the airbase closed in 1966 she gave birth to her baby girl named Jane Ann Robinson.
Jane’s dad worked in Alaska as an offshore driller and the story is that my grandmother had something to do with my mom and dad not getting together. Jane was raised with her cousins Arnold and June Dalen in Calgary as Beth’s apartment didn’t allow kids and it was hard to find a place in those days. She took a transfer to the RCMP office in Lincoln Park in Calgary as court detail until 1972 and at that time she moved home to be with her mother because her uncle Jack Morrison had passed away.
Jack had bought a house in Coronation in August 1963 from Ken and Violet Anderson. My mom did not have any choice but to give up everything in Calgary and move to Coronation to help look after her mother, so the moving truck moved me and my mother to Coronation. While living in Coronation she had many jobs, but none that she really enjoyed as much as babysitting kids.
She would cook, clean, bake, do laundry, help with homework and, of course, give hugs when needed. Over the years we went to Calgary for the Stampede. I spent many holidays at the Dalen’s.
My daughter Cindy is named after their daughter Cindy. She was my big sister and her brother Danny was a big brother to me. In 1982 my mom became a grandmother to Cindy May. She was so proud. She also gained a son-in-law Sheldon in November 1982. She was a grandmother again in 1986 when grandson, Brandon Eric was born.
These are some of the trips Mom went on over the years:
1950 – Banff with her mother Jeanie;
1951 – Montana;
1952 – Alaska with her mother and twice more;
1963 – Steam ship tour with Uncle Jack and her mother on Carinthia to Greenock;
1989 – Billings, Montana, – a six day drive with Mildred Lawrence as well as a bus tour with Mildred Lawrence and Lovenda Paull to Waterton, Alberta.
1994 and 1995 – Disneyland, California with Jane, Sheldon and granddaughter Cindy.
2001 – Cruise on Queen Mary 2 to the Hawaii Islands with friend June Patterson from Edmonton.
Beth was predeceased by her father in 1959; Uncle Tom in 1971, Uncle Jack in 1972; her mother in 1980; grandson Brandon in 1989 as well as many other family members. Beth is lovingly remembered by her daughter Jane (Sheldon) Jackson of Stettler; granddaughter Cindy (Kalyn) Beyeler of Stettler; two great-grandchildren Kane and Kenzie; step granddaughter, Tracy (Jeff) Bowen of Castor; step great-grandchildren, Declan and Grady Bowen.