Alice Gwen McKinney Robertson, 76, of Tribune, Kansas passed away on February 9th, 2015 at the Greeley County Hospital after a short but fierce battle with melanoma.
Alice was born in Ashland, Kansas on August 9th, 1938 to parents Vivian Marie (Lowry) & Charles Donald McKinney. She grew up on a ranch in Meade County and attended high school at Englewood, Kansas. graduating in 1956. She was the only person in her class. Alice attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in education along with a minor in business graduating in 1959.
Alice married Warren Henry “Hank” Robertson of Buffalo, Oklahoma on April 5th, 1958. Their wedding was held at the United Methodist Church in Englewood, Kansas.
Alice worked as a secretary in the placement office at SWOSU while Hank was finishing pharmacy school. After college Hank and Alice moved to Liberal, Kansas for one year and then moved to Dodge City, Kansas where Alice taught second grade and Hank worked as a pharmacist. In 1965, Hank & Alice moved to Tribune, Kansas where they purchased Richardson Rexall Drug, later becoming Robertson Drug. Alice taught English at Greeley County High School along with working at Robertson Drug. She served as the business manager, bookkeeper, and secretary, until retiring and selling the drug store in 1989. Along with their drugstore, Hank & Alice also started their farming operation in 1965, which continues today.
After selling their drugstore in 1989, Alice along with her friend Helen Govert, started a new adventure known as Exquizit Creations making porcelain dolls. They traveled to many locations teaching others to make their own dolls. Alice was a person of many talents. She enjoyed china painting, tennis, carpentry, farming, traveling, cooking, fishing, and numerous community activities including the hospital board and church. She loved spending time with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren.
Alice is survived by her husband, Hank, of 56 years. Her children include: Barbara & Darrel Johnson of Richardson, Texas. Mark & Judy Robertson, Tribune, Kansas. Scot & Lisa Robertson, Tribune, Kansas and Jena & Jonathan Brunswig, Scott City, KS. Grandchildren: Clint & Amanda Johnson, Cole Robertson, Shanon & Cale Miller, Carly Robertson, Clay Robertson, Megan Robertson, Katelyn Robertson, Reid Brunswig, Allison Brunswig, & Canon Brunswig. She is also survived by one sister, Norma Salisbury of Montezuma, Kansas. Alice is preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Jenny Marie Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 (MST) Friday, February 13th, at the United Methodist Church in Tribune, Kansas with Pastor Wayne Stephens and Reverend Jerl Joslin officiating with graveside services following at the Greeley County Cemetery. Alice will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Friends may call from Noon until 8:00 pm Thursday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kansas
Memorials may be given to the Greeley County Hospital or The United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.