Nancy Anne Robertson

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Nancy Anne Robertson

Nancy Anne (Fishe) Robertson, age 80, of Redmond, Washington passed away on January 19, 2020 at Evergreen Health Hospice Care in Kirkland, Washington after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was born February 10, 1939 in Freeport, Illinois. She was the sixth of seven children born to Anastasia and Edwin Fishe.  She attended Aquin High School where she was a cheerleader and graduated in 1957. After working for Bell Telephone and teaching dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, she moved to Linwood, California in the 60’s where she started her career in the tech industry.

Nancy moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1969 where she met her future husband, Ian Robertson and they were married in Reno, Nevada on June 10, 1972.

Nancy was a loving step-mother to Ian’s children, Shawna and Brian and son Shane joined the family in 1973.

She continued to work in the tech industry in software sales, was also a consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and helped Ian run the Public Auto Auction in Woodinville, Washington.  She remained in the tech industry working in sales until her retirement from Attachmate in 2005.

Nancy enjoyed dancing, boating, traveling, music, a fine wine and a good laugh. Always a classy dresser, no matter the situation or task at hand, her makeup was perfect and she always looked her best. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she was elated to spend her last one at home surrounded by her family. She had a kind, generous heart and loved spending time with her six grandchildren, extended family and many friends.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Shawna Starr (Craig Killer) of Danbury, CT, Brian (Carol) Robertson of Carnation, WA, and Shane Robertson of Redmond, WA. Her grandchildren: Kelsea Starr of Seattle, WA,  Taylor Starr of Las Vegas, NV and Logan Starr of Danbury, CT and Hunter Robertson, Duncan Robertson and Alexis Robertson of Boise, ID. Family members, including sisters in-law Beverly Fishe of Lebanon, OR and Heather Robertson of Des Moines, WA and numerous nieces, nephews and  cousins.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband Ian (2014) and her parents, Edwin (1966) and Anastasia (1969) and her siblings Delores (2015), Ted (1992), Madonna (2005), Keith (2017), Ken (2016), and Richard (2008).

The Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:30am at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 4900 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105. There will be a viewing preceding the service at 10:00am and a reception following the service. Family, friends and others whose lives Nancy touched are invited to reminisce, grieve, support each other and of course, just chat.  Private family burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, WA.

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She’s dancing with the angels now!




11 Responses to “Nancy Anne Robertson”

  • Jennifer Hand says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Nancy’s passing. What a dear lady she was. We worked together at Attachmate through the ’90s, and lived very close to each other in Tam O’Shanter. I never heard an unkind word from Nancy, she was kind and caring to all. My goodness, was she ever put together with such style, and grace. Never a hair out of place, dressed beautifully! I imagine Nancy missed Ian very much when he passed, and know they’re having a wonderful time in heaven. RIP Nancy.

  • Terry Todd Clutter says:

    Nancy was a beautiful person inside and out. She became a special part of our family when she married my Dad’s cousin Ian in the early 70’s. I always enjoyed seeing Nancy at Christmas and other family events. She will be missed so much. Love to all of her
    Family. Terry

  • The Barnes Family says:

    We only met “Nana” once, but what a beautiful & graceful woman with a beautiful smile and heart. I have followed her fight with cancer through Carol’s social media and she sure seemed to touch many deeply. She must be smiling bright as she’s reunited with her loved ones at the side of Jesus – what a beautiful reunion! Much love from our family to yours ❤️

  • David and Ginelle Todd says:

    Nancy was always so much fun. We always enjoyed seeing her and Ian on those special trips to Suquamish. She was always a wonderful friend to Herb and Dottie Todd and they really appreciated her visits.. She will be missed.

  • Pat Wimble says:

    Nancy, Your parting has left a void. I will fill it with remembered joys. A friendship, shared a laugh, a kiss.

    Your faith, courage and hope in your cancer fight was amazingly strong.

    Peace to you now. God wanted you now. He set you Free!

  • Steve Highland says:

    Nancy was my mother (Madonna (Fishe) Highland’s youngest sister, and was always so much fun to see when she came and visited us when we were young. I remember her coming and my mom would stay up with her all night as they caught up and just talked and laughed and laughed and laughed. I remember getting up in the morning and I couldn’t believe they could stay up all night just talking … well … as I am now much older I realize just how much fun they were having … they just couldn’t wait to share everything with each other!
    It is fun to think today that my mom and Nancy are there today in heaven talking and laughing and laughing and laughing again! May God bless each and everyone who knew Nancy and was touched by her life. Even though I will not be there for the funeral … know this that I am there in spirit and saddened at her passing, but rejoicing in her life!!


    Oh, my beautiful friend, I will miss you dearly. We always had so much fun going to the theater and my bff at Attachmate. Love you and my deepest sympathy to her wonderful family. I still miss Ian and his sense of humor.

  • Jan Fishe Johnson says:

    Over the past 25 years aunt Nancy and I developed a deep sisterly relationship. She was my dad, Ted’s, youngest sister and only 9 years older than me. Nancy and I were polar opposites. She was always dressed to the nines and with her dark hair and eyes, and statuesque appearance, “Fancy Nancy” as we lovingly called her, could have been a model. I’m sure we looked like quite the pair as we gallivanted on various adventures throughout thirteen states and even Canada…Her, put together with stylish handbags and glamorous jewelry, and me in funky jeans and fly away hair. As we traveled, people were drawn to us. Out of the corner of my eye I would continually catch someone leaning in; trying to discover why we were laughing so hard. Nancy had a laugh that bellowed and she laughed at everything. I came to embarrassingly conclude that one of the biggest reasons I loved her so much was that she made me feel like I was the funniest person on the planet. Therefore, I always did my best to prove her right. This in turn, brought me to the best place of happiness. It was her gift, not only to me, but to everyone who knew her. She made you feel like you were special. I made it a point to constantly kid Nancy that I knew every one of us nieces and nephews thought we were the treasured one, but of course “we both know I really am the favorite.” She laughed extra hard at this…because we were all her favorites. She loved us deeply and she showed it by never forgetting a birthday or holiday and always reaching out if she had any inkling we were troubled. There were a lot of us to keep track of, but somehow she managed. This, on top of her own children; Brian, Shawna and Shane, her loving and caring daughter in law Carol, and all of her grandkids. Shane was the light of her life and the one who could make her laugh the most. She talked about him every time we spoke.

    Nancy handled her past several years with the same style and grace that she handled every other part of her life. I learned so much from her example. I miss her to my bones, but I am so happy she is now dancing in heaven with all the souls who somehow feel they are a lot funnier than they used to be.

  • Kristy Hawke says:

    I have so many fond memories of Aunt Nancy, from early years of my childhood laughing around the card table with dad, family reunions where she was the matriarch who consistently planned the family get togethers, to evenings out in Surprise, Az at dad’s resort with Jim and me, dad and Kay and her and Ian laughing and dancing over dinner. We shared stories of Alzheimer’s and dementia that both of our husbands had. How blessed I feel to have enjoyed a long weekend visiting her a few years ago, not long after Uncle Ian passed, where she was the most gracious host. We spent time chatting, eating, taking wrong turns, and laughing at the GPS for sending us off elsewhere.. Then, Aunt Nancy’s 80th Birthday with family and friends almost one year ago with love pouring our. Most recently, she and I spoke right before Christmas and she continued putting up a fierce health battle. Through it all, she shared such love and strength. I know she and Ian are laughing and her siblings are sitting around the card table chatting and hollering!! Much love. RIP Aunt Nancy,

  • Roberta Piccone-Minjarez says:

    Though I only had the privilege of meeting Nancy once, I knew in an instant she was a beautiful person inside and out. I have no doubt she is dancing with the angels now and I bet she could offer up some fabulous fashion choices to go with the beautiful choreography. Thinking of you and your family Shawna during this difficult time. Love you!

  • Martha Vickers Motta says:

    Hi Fancy Nancy…I knew I was going to miss you, but never this much. Wow…I’m happy you’re out of pain and I hope you and Ian are cruising around Roche Harbor…I will leave you with these parting words that only you and I will understand
    “LEON”…remember? Are you still cracking up?

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