Christina Shobe

A Mass of Christian Burial for Christina Marie Shobe, 41, Baldwin City will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2012 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS.  Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence.  She died on Monday, March 26, 2012 at Baldwin Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

This very special child was born on August 21, 1970 in Oberlin, KS, the daughter of Roy L. Shobe, Jr. and Ann Catherine Shobe.   She had Down’s Syndrome but was always “Up”

She loved her family and all who cared for her.  She loved coloring, Barbie dolls, Dr. Pepper,
and the Disney Channel.  Christy was always excited about babies, getting her hair done, and men in uniform. 

Christy participated in Special Olympics and won numerous medals, ribbons, and other awards.  In 1988, she finished her schooling in Ottawa, KS.  She worked at COF in Ottawa, and after a move to Lawrence she became a production line worker for Cottonwood, Inc.  Christy lived at Roger’s House, her group home for many years.  She attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence with her family and loved to sing and give hugs to her church family.

Survivors include her father, Roy L. Shobe, Jr.; four sisters; Cindy and husband Don Whiteley, of Lawrence, KS, Becky and husband Wayne Cooper, of Edmond, OK, Debby and husband Terry Gunselman, of Lawrence, KS, Sandy and husband Terry Rush, of Oberlin, KS; four brothers; Ken and wife Janice Shobe, of Oberlin, KS, Don and wife Ellen Shobe, of Lawrence, KS, Joe and wife Marie Shobe, of Wichita, KS and Andy and wife Marcia Shobe, of  Fayetteville, AR; sixteen nieces and nephews; and five great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Catherine Shobe on September 24, 2011; a niece, Emily Shobe, and a great nephew, Alex Whiteley.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m., April 1, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  The family will greet friends until 9 p.m.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Baldwin Health Care and Rehab Center, Cottonwood, Inc. or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and may be sent in care of the mortuary.



21 Condolences

  1. Yvette Murphyt-Erby on March 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    On behalf of the University of Arkansas School of Social Work and the many friends and colleagues of Dr. Marcia Shobe, we extended our sincere sympathy to your family. Please know you are in our thoughts!

  2. Kathy Sare on March 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Our love and prayers go out to all of you….Christy’s hugs and smiles will be missed by all her Baldwin family.

  3. Sarah Wesch on March 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

  4. JODY AND KENNY BLACK on March 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

    So sorry for your loss. I always remember Christy when your parents had the South Market. She always loved my little sister Sandi, they were the same age and I think she loved the fact that her name was the same as her beloved “big sister, Sandy”! Prayers to your family at this difficult time.

  5. Marcia Emig on March 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken and Janice and all the family. Oberlin is a better place because of the Shobe family. Memories are precious!

  6. Anita Montgomery on March 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I remember Playing with Christy at Clairs Clothing Store when she came in with her mother. We always had a good time .Thinking of all of you.

  7. Kim Fringer Brumley on March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family. I remember when Christy lived in Oberlin she was just a few days older than me and every time we would see each other she was always happy and smiling. God Bless!

  8. Jim Garretson on March 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.

  9. Carol and Bill Wessel on March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

    To Sandy and all of your family, we are saddened to hear of the loss of your special sister, Christy. You’ve been through a lot lately with several deaths in your family and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers forever. A candle will be lit at church in Christy’s honor. God Bless you.

  10. Julie Tesch on March 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Christina was a beautiful person. I met Christina at the Baldwin Care Center,her room was next to my grandmother’s room. Christina often would give me hugs or yell “hi” when she would see me.
    I’m sad thinking how much I will miss not seeing her beautiful soul with my next visit.
    Yet the joy of those sweet moments will be remembered for a long time. Thank you, Christina! God bless.

  11. robyn herzog on March 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    sorry to hear bout christy
    i seen her when i was at cof training services and i moved to cottonwood and i gues she followed me or i followed her i see her on outings
    when we have get to gether i will sure miss her
    god bless robyn

  12. Allan Vavroch on March 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I am very, very sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Christy when I lived in Oberlin. My biggest memory of Christy is that she always had a hug for everybody after church. We’ll definitely keep your family in our thoughts & prayers.

  13. Jerry Jennings on March 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Debbie and Terry,
    I am so sorry to hear of Christy’s passing. No one could ask for a more loving, caring family than she was blessed with. I think the Angel Choir will be a little louder tonight with her voice joining in! 😉 My prayers and condolences to all of you.

    Jerry Jennings

  14. Heather on March 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I went to school with Christie in Oberlin and remember her well. She was alway very kind to others, even when the painful comments from her classmates, who didn’t understand her uniqueness, was the response. She was rarely anything but happy and when her bubbly personality was broken, a simple ’Hi Christie!’ brought her cheerful smile back. I always wondered where she was & how she was and, although it is sad to hear of her passing, I am happy to know that she is now ’home’.

  15. Catherine (Braden) Faimon on March 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    So sorry to hear of Christy’s passing. I went to school with Christy in Oberlin and always enjoyed her hugs at church and school. She was one of the most consistently happy people I’d met. Sending prayers to all the family.

  16. Mary Lou Olson on March 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    To all of the Shobes: I was so sad to learn of Christy’s passing. I still remember the day at the Herald office when Debby told us that she had a new baby sister, then later when she told us of her problem. No child could ever have been more loved than that little angel. What a wonderful life she got to have with all of her wonderful family. She was indeed a very Special Child and Gift from Heaven.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Mary Lou Olson

    Mary Lou Olson
    society editor
    The Oberlin Herald

  17. Cindy & Griff Lincoln on March 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shobe Family. God gave a Special person, Christy, to a very loving & Special family. I remember Christy when some of us classmates of Donnie’s would go to the Shobe house to work on a rather boring school project. It wasn’t long before Christy was right in the middle of us all making us laugh. She is an Angel!

  18. Cliff c Vogan on March 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    i Meet Christina in Kansas Special Olympics, Be very Miss Now Flying High With the Angels Watch Over family friends all the time

  19. Ellen Loomis on April 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Debby and family: So sorry to hear of Christy’s passing but know you are comforted knowing she has gone home to the arms of our Savior and your mom. She was a very sweet girl and brought your family much joy. My prayers are with you all.

  20. Lisa Schuetz Johnson on April 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    My heart goes out the Shobe family. Christy was a special daughter and a friend to all. I remember playing Barbies with her while Mom and Ann had their coffee and gossips. For those of us still on earth, we will miss Christy’s unconditional hugs, but Ann and Jesus will now receive them!

  21. Marsha Reeves on April 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

    My family wants to express our sympathy for your loss. I remember Roy, Ann, and Christy visiting my grandma Bertha Shobe Kirby at her house in Bonner Springs and at my parents’ (Jess & Donna Johnson) house in DeSoto. We didn’t see each other often, but we enjoyed visiting whenever we could.
    Jess Johnson
    Rick & Marsha Reeves & family
    Mike & Debbie Dean & family
    Gale & Cheryl Johnson & family

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