Shirley Robb

Shirley Ann (Degan) Robb age 77, of Lawrence passed away Friday March 8th at Baldwin Healthcare Center. 

Shirley was born in Topeka, KS on Nov. 30, 1935 to her parents, John G. and Pearl C. (Baker) Degan in the Little Russia neighborhood.  

Divorced from three husbands: Glenn Rosebrough, Robert Carter and Marvin Robb.  Preceded in death by infant sister, Anna Marie and Anna Marie’s twin stillborn brother, parents, infant grandson Michael D. Lee, brothers John Degan, George Degan, sister Elizabeth (Degan, Merryman) Johnson.  

Survived by children, Anita Marie Cannon and husband Richard, Sharon Stowe and husband Glen, Glenn Rosebrough, and Linda Carter; all of Lawrence.  Grandchildren, Mekell Stowe, Jeremy Lee, Amy Benjamin, Joshua Rosebrough, Scott Adkins, Casey Vigil, Erin Carter;  9 great-grandchildren and 4 step great-grandchildren.  Along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

At age 14 she worked at the A & W Root Beer stand in north Topeka.  She moved to Lawrence in 1960.  Mom was a loving mother and housewife.  While raising children she also cleaned houses for 3 years. And babysat 6 years.  Then worked at Bendix-King Radio 20 years until retirement.

Mom enjoyed cooking, gardening, animals, jokes, writing letters, playing cards, family, many relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. The family will greet friends noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation and may be sent in care of the mortuary.     




13 Condolences

  1. Shirley Tarpy on March 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Prayers and thoughts with the families….

  2. Belinda McClendon on March 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    So sorry for your families loss. May this time of sadness be a time of reflection of her love and life. Your family is in my every thought and prayer.

  3. sharon horton on March 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Shirley was a special person she had a deep love for her entire family Being a co-grandparent with her I know her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She will be deeply missed. RIPShirley

  4. Denise Harris (Sprow) & Barry Sprow on March 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Shirley(mom) was very special to us. If our mother wasnt able to answer for us kids Shirley did. She will be missed She had love for all of us kids and we loved her. She was one in a million.
    Will miss her very much,
    Linda, Glen. Sharon, and Marie your all in our thoughts and prayers. Am just a phone call away or even an email. loves you all

  5. Brandi McNish & Family on March 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Sharon and family:
    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Bonnie Luthi on March 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Linda, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s death.

  7. Karen Erskin on March 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I worked with Shirley at King Radio. She was a dear friend and always had something to talk about when you would run into her. She will be missed by friends and family. Keep her in our hearts and the memmories will follow.

  8. Carol Langston on March 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Shirley has always been a wonderful lady I was in grade school with Linda. She was always concerned about others I will miss her Carol

  9. Shanda on March 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Ed, Linda, and Marie I would like to say my prayers and thoughts are with you during this rough time.

    It was a joy to meet “Aunt Shirley”. Travis introduced her to me. She took me into the family and made me feel welcomed everytime I saw her. I appreciated that. Its hard to meet new people and not know what to say or do. Our last conversation about this, that, and everything was one my most memorable. I really enjoyed it.

    Travis and I miss you a great deal. We love you Aunt Shirley always. You will never be forgotten.

  10. Scott,Monica and Jersey Adkins on March 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Grandma Shirley you were a inspiration to our family you were a very loving compassionate person we enjoyed every minute that we had together with you you were always their for us you are going to be deeply missed god has another angel love you always and forever

  11. Frank and Edna Day on March 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I worked with Mrs. Robb at King Radio and I have nothing but good memories of her humor and work ethic. She is kindly remembered. Frank Day

  12. Jeremy Garcia on March 21, 2013 at 2:15 am

    grandma Shirley you touched many lives and specially us Garcia boys, you treated us all like your own. My condolences to you all but just know she is with my brother Adrian and I promise she will be ok. now grandma go be free and till we meet again RIP. The Garcia family

  13. Kathy Lincoln on March 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

    All our prayers and blessings go to the family. She will be missed by all. Wish we could be there.

    Love, Your Family in Ohio
    God Bless

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