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Mary Kay Robison 1950 ~ 2010 If you are reading this, I must have closed my eyes for the last time and begun a new journey of joy and love without physical pain. I have concluded a 22 month battle with cancer, an awful disease which robs you of the precious energy and strength needed to live life to its fullest. I was born in Salt Lake City, UT, Aug. 28, 1950 to Wendell and Florence Nix, and have lived in this valley my entire life. I can say that my life has been a wonderful journey, even though it hasn't always turned out as I had envisioned. It's been filled with joy, love and beauty, balanced at times by the difficult lessons life teaches. I shared the last years of my life with my sweetheart, husband and partner, Kenny Ray Robison. We married in the Salt Lake Temple, Sept. 2, 1970. I couldn't have asked for a more cherished lover, friend and companion with whom to share my life. More importantly, I couldn't have found a more loving man to be the father of our children, nor a better partner to help me make my final transition. Ken, your gentle and compassionate care made my illness bearable. I hope all the men reading this take note of how much strength it truly takes to show such caring and compassion. We had such fun together, sweetheart. Go now, and have some fun without any more lists or chores. You deserve to play! I ask those of you that love and care for Ken to love him now, and help him to move on without me. Ken and I were blessed with six wonderful children: April Taylor (Corey), Jennifer Cline (Jeff), Kenny Robison, Laurie Eliason (Tim), Angela Morris (John), and Emily Wright (Sean). Our children have further blessed us with 12 delightful grandchildren. My family made my passing a moment of joy and peace. One of life's most important lessons, is that of showing our family and friends love while they are living. So, in this respect, I am requesting no flowers for me. Instead, please express your feelings of love and affection by making a donation to Huntsman Cancer Institute, whose doctors and staff I cannot thank enough for giving me extra time to spend with my loved ones. Better yet, take your spouse or family to lunch and tell them you love them today, for no one knows what tomorrow holds. I'm on to a new journey now, so wish me God's speed. I'm dancing with the angels now! Mary died peacefully at her home in Sandy, Utah, on March 20, 2010, surrounded by her husband and children at the time of her passing. A viewing will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Granite 8th Ward, 9245 S. Quail Run Dr. (2360 E.), Sandy, Utah, at 12:00 noon. A brief viewing will precede the services from 10:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park will follow the services.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2010.