March 30, 1929 ~ Aug. 13, 2021
Lois Norine Kenney was born March 30, 1929, to John Willis Kenney and Ruth Anne Warren Kenney.
A member of two pioneering Rio Blanco County, Colorado, families who homesteaded before Colorado was a state, Lois spent her early years on the Kenney home place — now underwater at Kenney Reservoir — surrounded by grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Lois attended primary school in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and the remaining years in LaPorte and Estes Park, Colorado, while living on State Game and Fish units. She graduated from Estes Park High School and was involved in many activities, including band.
She was a young woman who was progressive for her time. She attended Blair Business College in Colorado Springs and returned to Carbondale to work where she met and married Fred Robinson, Jr. Together they had three children and moved the family to Grand Junction in 1956. Lois then began work at the VA Hospital as an assistant to the chief of medicine, later worked for the county court system as a clerk, and ultimately finished her career as a trust officer at US Bank. She was recognized many times for her professional capabilities and was a member of several professional societies.
After retirement she lived in the Grand Junction area raising racehorses with her husband M.E. “Slim” Hedges. After his death, Lois moved closer to town to find new adventures in life, spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Of great comfort and joy to her last 15- plus years was Alex/Analee Kenney — her great grandchild. They were pals in the truest sense of the word, had many adventures together and could often be found giggling with their heads together planning their next escapade.
Throughout her life she always exhibited bravery and fortitude. Lois enjoyed her free time in various ways including: hunting, fishing, skiing, sailing, caring for elderly family members, and watching her kids, grandkids and great grandkids succeed in their own adventures.
Throughout her life, she was the matriarch who prioritized her family above all else.
Lois has joined her ancestors: parents Ruth (Warren) and Willis Kenney, grandparents Austena (Banta) and John Kenney and Emma (Terrell) and George Warren, sister Doris (Kenney) and Kaye Donne Ferguson, beloved nephew John Ferguson and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husbands.
She is survived by her children Donna Wendi Robinson of Rangely, Colorado; Dan (Jerri) Robinson of Hotchkiss, Colorado; Debra Robinson of Indian Hills, Colorado — grandchildren Shannon Robinson, Levi (Maria) Robinson, Jeremy(Julie) Meade, Seth Robinson, Danielle (Dusty) Carson, Christian Feagans — 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild – nephew Tom (Cindy) Ferguson – beloved cousin and childhood playmate Betty Warren Kincher, cousins Mary Kenney Truitt, Bill (Janet) Kenney, John (Jean) Kenney, Zuva Kenney (Rudy) Pachas, Kenneth Kenney — and many other friends and family who treasured her. Her legacy of love and compassion lives on through the younger generations she leaves behind.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the staff at Crossroads Delta for providing compassionate care for the past several years and to HopeWest for offering her comfort and care in her final days. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation in Lois’ memory to Hope West at www.hopewestco. org/memorial-gifts or by contacting them directly. Condolences can be mailed c/o Donna Robinson; PO Box 143; Rangely, CO 81648 or Debra Robinson; PO Box 602; Indian Hills, CO 80454
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale, Colorado, where Lois will be interred with her parents.