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Robin Sly

Robin Sly

Robin Kay Sly, beautiful wife, mother, grandma, and friend, passed away on October 23, 2021.

Robin was born in Edmonton Alberta, Canada on May 14, 1960. She was adopted by her loving parents Clyde and Dorothy Lewis, and brought home and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. Robin had great childhood memories of growing up in Twin Falls where her parents owned the Dunes Motel and a wonderful getaway cabin in Ketchum.

She graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1978. She met Jim Sly through close friends, they married on October 18, 1980, and had three handsome sons Justin, Jamen and Jensen. At the age of 30, she decided to follow her dream to become a teacher. She enrolled at Boise State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading, as well as endorsements in gifted and talented and literacy. She also served as a liaison to BSU.

Robin was an exceptional and beloved teacher, she taught first grade at Trail Wind Elementary in Boise. She leaves behind a legacy of students who adored her and still feel the positive impact she made in their lives. Robin was admired and respected not only by these students, but by their parents & the school faculty. Teaching was her passion, and she freely shared her knowledge with anyone who needed advice.

In 2009, Robin was selected as Idaho Teacher of the Year. With this title she enjoyed many exciting things! A trip to Washington D.C., where she met President Obama and had lunch with Jill Biden, participated in Alabama’s NASA Space camp, along with many other fun activities that came with that honor.

Robin yearned for and waited a long time to be Grandma. Eventually four sweet grandkids came along and once they finally started; they came fast. Yes, she finally got her girls. These babes brought so much joy to her life; she cherished her role as Grandma.

Robin was beautiful inside and out, she was laid back and easy going. She loved shopping, Hallmark/cooking channels, Boise State Football, and animals. She was a dog lover and always had a few pampered ones around. She loved to travel, especially road trips with her family. Robin reveled in cooking and canning the bounty from Jim’s garden, and she always shared the wealth with friends and neighbors. Robin enjoyed the tradition of decorating and hosting for all holidays with a houseful of people and lots of good food.

Robin retired from Trail Wind Elementary in 2019. This enabled her to enjoy her grandchildren more while living the good life in Idaho City. Jim, with the help of the boys, has been building their dream vacation home, complete with the walk-in closet she's always wanted. She loved the peace and solace as she watched the progress of their cabin, took pictures of all the wildlife around and posted them to her friends or just enjoyed the simple life reading a book. Robin was an avid reader, always had a book on hand, and once said she would read almost anything that had pages. A good book with coffee or a glass of wine and she was a happy girl.

Robin was lovely, smart, kind, thoughtful, full of grace, loved, and respected by all who knew her. She made this world a better place and will be greatly missed.

She leaves behind her husband Jim, sons Justin, Jamen (Cathylee) and Jensen (Kricket), grandchildren Roman, Saylor, Atlas and Lumi, nephew Ryan Mickelson (Sarah), grandniece Haven, grandnephews Talon and Decklan, and many loved extended family and cherished friends.

Preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Dorothy Lewis, sister Cindy Webb, and in-laws Ken and Alyce Sly.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Robin on December 4, 2021, at 2pm at Trail Wind Elementary School, 3701 East Lakefront Drive Boise, ID 83716. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Robin Sly Memorial Teacher Education Scholarship. A one-time scholarship will be presented to a non-traditional Boise State student in Elementary Education. Donations can be made via Venmo @RobinSlyMemorial or at CapEd Credit Union (account 8795730).

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