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Dedicated nurse who devoted her life to her career

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017

A “FIRST class” nurse who devoted her life to her career has died at the age of 85.

Mary Phoebe Robinson, who was known to everyone as Phoebe, was born to William and Mary Airey at Morland. She had two siblings, a brother, John, now of Carlisle, and sister Barbara Salkeld, of Penrith.

After attending Morland School, Mrs. Robinson began training as a nurse in Lancaster and Kendal. She first went to work at the sanatorium at Blencathra and then, in the 1950s, she travelled to Canada to work, where she spent 10 years, first in Ottawa and then Churchill, where she also nursed the native Eskimos. She was an acting matron during her time there.

When she returned to England, Mrs. Robinson worked in a nursing home in Littlehampton, West Sussex, until the opening of Penrith hospital where she was a casualty sister until her retirement about 30 years later.

In December, 1971, she married Reuben Robinson in Penrith. Mr. Robinson, who worked for the county council, died in 1995.

Upon retirement, Mrs. Robinson enjoyed taking her Jack Russell dog, Snowy, for walks as well as listening to music. She also enjoyed researching local history and reading, but Mrs. Salkeld said her sister’s passion in life was watching Formula One motor racing, a hobby she enjoyed with her husband.

During their life together, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson also enjoyed cruise holidays.

Mrs. Robinson spent the last six years of her life in the Bupa Beacon Edge care home, in Penrith, where Mrs. Salkeld said she was “wonderfully looked after by staff”.

Mrs. Robinson is survived by her sister, Barbara, and brother-in-law, Mike; brother John and sister-in-law, Marjorie, of Penrith; and nieces and nephews.


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