Nancy Jean Robertson
1935 - 2012
Nancy Jean (Bradford) Robertson, 77, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at her home on the evening of June 2, 2012.
She was born Feb. 11, 1935 in Phoenix, the middle of three daughters of Violet and Maurice Bradford. Due to her father’s employment, during her childhood she lived at Tovrea’s meat packing plant and Elizabeth Arden’s Last Chance Spa. In 1953 she graduated from Scottsdale High School where she played saxophone in the band. After her freshman year at ASU she married S. Harry Robertson.
The next few years brought a son and daughter and five years of travel at the courtesy of the Air Force, afterward the family made its home in Scottsdale.
Her adult years were spent raising two children, supporting her husband as a partner in their business, Robertson Research Group, Inc., and providing grandmotherly advice to her three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was a loving sister and embraced her sisters’ families through the years. She also maintained her friendships with several of her high school classmates, purchased dogs for multiple Arizona cities’ police canine units, supported the efforts to restore the Tovrea Castle where she had played as a youngster, participated in political activities, supported the military and spent endless hours reading books on a wide variety of subjects.
Her life-long love of adventure travel saw her raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, hike into Machu Picchu in Peru, live with Eskimos in Alaska, explore the Mayan ruins of Mexico and Central America and explore her family history in England and Scotland. She took instruction in the operation of steam-powered trains in Nevada and photographed polar bears on the Arctic ice.
Back in Arizona, she had a second home in Payson for several years that not only provided relief from the Phoenix congestion and heat; it provided a place to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes, watching animals and birds in their natural habitat. Her constant companions at home were her beloved cats.
She befriended many people who appeared in her life for one reason or another. She was a very intelligent and impressive lady who will be fondly remembered by her family, friends, acquaintances and organizations she supported, writes her family.
Mrs. Robertson is survived by son, David (Andrea) Robertson of Ray, Mich. and their grandchildren, Ethan and Mackenzie, daughter, Pamela (Gale) Jose of Gilbert, Ariz., granddaughter, Andrea (Nathan) Crane of Gilbert, Ariz. and their children, Brianna and Nathan, grandson, Daniel (Courtney) Cunningham of Studio City, Calif. and grandson, Robert (Jesi) Cunningham of Gilbert, Ariz., sister, Barbara Seaman of Kent, Wash., brother-in-law, Glenn Leon Johnson of Glendale, Ariz., former husband, S. Harry (Linda) Robertson of Phoenix, Ariz., brothers-in-law, Jerry Robertson (Mary) of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Gary Robertson (Delyte) of Phoenix, Ariz., former son-in-law, Kurt Cunningham of Chandler, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16 at the Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
Donations may be made to: Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association, 3370 N. Hayden Rd, #123-411, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or Healing Hearts Animal Rescue & Refuge, 3317 S. Higley Rd., Suite 114-481, Gilbert, AZ 85297 or a charity of choice.