It is with great sadness that the Robertson family announces the death of our wife, mother, and grandmother Dulcina who died peacefully at Meadowbrook on September 1, 2022, at the age of 94. Mary Dulcina Robertson was born in Pendleton, Oregon, on November 29th, 1927, to John and Bridget Lee, who immigrated to Oregon from Ireland. Her mother, Bridget, worked in the Pendleton Woolen Mills, which led to Dulcina’s introduction to Daryl Robertson by his uncle, who managed the mill. The introduction of Daryl and Dulcina lead to a marriage that celebrated its 70th anniversary on May 24 of this year. Dulcina moved to Halfway as a new bride and had to adapt from city life to living on a farm, an adjustment that was not without bumps but taken in stride. She did have a pioneer spirit displayed when she and Daryl homesteaded a farm in Pasco where she endured the rigors without complaint. But Halfway was home and remained home in her heart even after the move to Baker City. Throughout those 70 years of marriage, she remained steadfast in her love of Daryl.
Dulcina’s life centered on her family. She is the mother of six children; daughter Joan (Johannes), sons Steve (Tammy), Don (Nance), Tim (Fawn), and Scott (Cathy). Son Mark preceded her in death. There are seven grandchildren; Alex, Tristan (Ashlinn), Erik (Meghan), Chris, Colbi, Kyle, and Kelsey.
She was happiest when the family was together and preparing one of her great meals. She made amazing pies. At any social gathering, she was the designated pie contributor. After ball games, there were always a bunch of players at the house. The next morning there would be no leftovers; a whole turkey, ham, and dozens of hotdogs would be eaten, leaving a bare refrigerator. She loved it.
She insisted her kids get a good education and instilled a strong sense of family, positive attitudes, and a strong work ethic. When people thought of Dulcina, it was her kindness and her quick wit making her fun to be around.
The Catholic Church and her faith were part of her core, carrying her through life to the end.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 11:00 am in St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway, OR. Reverend Suresh Telagani of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City, will celebrate the Mass.
Vault interment will follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Halfway.
Dulcina loved to read. For a time, she worked in the Halfway branch of the Baker County Library and was a lifelong user of the library. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Baker County Library Foundation through Coles Tribute Center at 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Meadowbrook who took such good care of both Dulcina and Daryl during this time. Their compassion and care has been exceptional.
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