Bertha Robinson, 94. died May 13 in McMinnville, surrounded by her family.
Born in Pleasanton, Neb., on Aug. 20, 1918, to William and Mary Pearson, Bertha was the youngest of five children.
She married Kenneth Donaly in 1933, and they had their son, Michael, in 1940. A few years later, they moved to Warrenton, where their daughter, Sheila, was born. After the war, they moved to Astoria, where they purchased and ran a chicken farm.
After Kenneth’s untimely death in 1956, Bertha married family friend and educator John Robinson. The Robinsons lived in Florence, then Milwaukie.
In 1972, the Robinsons took their lives in a whole new direction. They moved to Crane, taking jobs as dorm patron and matron of a small public boarding school for ranch students from southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada. They split their time between the school and helping John’s aging mother with her cattle ranch nearby.
After inheriting the ranch, and while still overseeing its operation, the Robinsons moved to McMinnville in 1988, where John passed away in 1998. Bertha lived independently in her home until she moved to The Villas at age 92.
Bertha was an active bridge player and reader. She also loved to travel. During her lifetime she took several trips and cruises to Europe as well as the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong and South America. Her favorite trip was a Greek Island and Italian cruise taken with 15 of her friends and relatives in 2010.
Bertha also loved to entertain and was often the life of the party with her quick wit, infectious laugh and warm smile. Nothing gave her more joy than to be with her friends, family and extended family.
Bertha is survived by her son, Michael Donaly; daughter-in-law, Becky; daughter, Sheila McCluskey; son-in-law, Vernon; and grandchildren, Brad Donaly, Lance Donaly, Shellie Lewis, Kenneth Boyer, and Patrick McCluskey; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 390 NE 2nd Street, McMinnville, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22. Interment will be held at Oceanside Cemetery, Astoria/Warrenton.
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