Robyn Danet Alley passed away while in John C. Lincoln Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, September 16, 2019. She was born October 28,1961 in Phoenix, Arizona to Bob and Jean Alley.
Robyn loved and was loved by many. She loved her mother, her brothers, her dad and stepmom, her sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Robyn had wonderful times with her staff at her group home and day program who took special care of her. Robyn made friends and had loving relationships wherever she went. Everyone seemed to fall under her spell as she loved all of us.
Robyn took a special pleasure in being outside, playing in the ocean, smelling pretty flowers, pulling weeds, traveling, hugs, food, spending time with her family and friends and her cats.
Robyn had Prader Willi Syndrome which made her life a unique one unlike most others. Robyn was the epitome of “the girl with the curl, right in the middle of her forehead.” When she was good, she was SOOO good and Good was Most of the time.
Robyn brought so much joy and laughter into our lives. We were so blessed to have been chosen by our God to be her family. Through her we have learned true unconditional love, compassion, patience, kindness and forgiveness. She at times could push us to frustration and impatience, but she was always forgiving and loving.
Robyn loved holidays and birthdays. Christmas, Easter, Halloween and everyone’s birthdays, her own most of all. She loved receiving and sending cards. She liked sending birthday cards, usually enclosing a dollar for the recipient. Later she would ask what they spent the dollar on.
Robyn kept Christmas and birthdays special for all of us. Squealing with delight as she opened each gift. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny generously remembered Robyn each Christmas and Easter as she expected.
Robyn loved coming home to mother’s house to visit and to see her cats Shasta and Ella. She loved hearing what funny things they had done and if it wasn’t good, she would always say Oh No!
Robyn liked her money. When she was paid for her work, she enjoyed getting her check. When asked how much money she was making, she always replied “Big Bucks”. She spent lots of time checking her billfold and other secret places to make sure her money was all there. Sometimes she would slip some in her pocket before going to the store but when asked if she had any money to buy a drink would say no, expecting someone else to pay. Her brothers loved teasing her because she loved it when they did. They would ask her for a loan, and she would say how much are you going to give me back?
Robyn loved Hamburgers, particularly McDonald’s Big Mac. She always wanted a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder – but Do Not get her a Happy Meal! “Those are for little kids.” One other food she disliked was liver. “We don’t like liver!”
Robyn had a beautiful singing voice and perfect pitch. She quickly learned the melodies of songs she liked and could pick out any melody on her keyboard. Two of her many favorites were “Memories from Cats” and “I Love You A Bushel and a Peck.”
She will be fondly remembered for the “Robyn-isms” that we all quote. “For Pete’s Sake.” “I lost weight…1,000 pounds.” “What are they going to say about how skinny I am?” “Oh My God” when hearing the pets had done something bad. When returning to her house, “What are the girls going to say?” When enjoying herself, or enjoying a good meal, “Dad, Steve or Dave, or someone else is going to miss out.”
She was a Christian who loved Jesus. She would sing hymns and quietly sit and pray, thanking God for people she loved and things she liked. She often prayed while riding in the car with Mom – – who recently realized Robyn may have been praying about her driving.
She is survived by her parents Jean Alley, Bob and Claire Alley,
Brothers Steve (Ellie), David (Amber) and sister Kim Roer.
Nieces Madison, MacKenzie and Cassidy, Nephews Nick and Canyon
Robyn was preceded in death by her stepfather Bob Patton.
Services for Robyn
7:00 PM, Friday, September 27, 2019
Christ Church Lutheran Chapel
3901 E. Indian School Road
Pastor Arnie Frank
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials may be made to
Foundation for Prader-Willi Research
Please write In Memory of Robyn Alley in the memo
Mail to: FPWR
Pasadena, CA 91185-3216
for research for cure for the children’s cancer Neuroblastoma
Please write in Memory of Robyn Alley in the memo
13014 N. Dale Mabry Hwy,
There are no words to say when you lose someone who you have loved with all of your heart. Robyn’s love and kindness will forever be imprinted in my heart and I promise to share that love with any and everyone who comes in my path. God bless each and everyone in the family and friends.
I first would like to say how beautiful this was written and I enjoyed reading the comments about what Robyn would say because it brought me comfort. I would then like to thank you jean alley for bringing Robyn into this world because you did a wonderful job raising her and she was such a beautiful person who taught me many life lessons that i cherish every day. Robyn I miss you every day and thanks for all the life lessons ans the memories you had given me and I love you Robyn a bushel and a peck.
Deanna M Hill
I am so sorry for your loss of Robyn. I never met her, but in a very special way she has touched and blessed my life.
I’m an classmate to her brother Steve. I never had the pleasure of meeting Robyn but I really enjoyed reading all about her Robynism’s and how much she truly enjoyed life. Your family was truly blessed with an Angel. I’m sorry she has been called back to Heaven but I know she hasn’t left any of you. The wonderful memories she left you with are what will help you smile when you think of her and it sounds like she wouldn’t want it any other way. My deepest sympathies as you grieve her passing. Big Hugs of Love to you all.
She was a beautiful lady. I only met her once and you could see the love between her and Steve. God bless your family and may her memories get you through this difficult time.
Dear Robyn – I am so happy that Christopher and I got to speak with you on the phone just a few weeks ago, you were loved and will be missed. When we were in Phoenix over the weekend when we got to your moms house the first thing I told her when I jumped out of the car was I pictured you in the yard pulling weeds. I will never forget the day I met you for lunch at a burger restaurant and you told everyone in the restaurant it was your birthday. Such a beautiful sole and such nice memories to have. Rest in Peace Roby, you were loved by many.
I am so sorry for the loss of Robyn, she was always so sweet whenever I saw her, with such a great smile. The stories in this loving memory are so sweet, it is clear she touched many hearts and she will be missed. I pray for the whole family, especially Bob, Jean, Steve and Dave
Robyn, you taught me so much about Prader Willi Syndrome. When you moved into our home, you gave us a hard time, but soon you started showing us your loving and awesome heart for everyone. I fell in love with you and we became bonded. I miss you terribly, but know your clapping with excitement of your skinny self. I love you sweet angel. RIP Robyn Alley. You will forever be in my heart. My sincere symphathy to the family. Much love to you all.