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Roberta Jo Shirley

November 18, 1936 — May 20, 2022

Roberta Jo Shirley, age 85, of Iola, Kansas, passed away May 20, 2022, at Country Place, Chanute, Kansas. Roberta was born November 18, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Robert Morgan and Josephine (Rues) Morgan.

Roberta and Bill Shirley were married November 22, 1958, at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Roberta received her registered nursing degree from Central Texas College. She worked as a registered nurse for 30 years.

Roberta loved working in her flower gardens, planting trees, and raising vegetables. She liked being outdoors. Roberta was president of the Iola Tree Board for many years. Roberta was a master cook, especially her homemade cookies. Roberta was on the parish council when the St. John's Parish Hall was built and she was one of several women who was consulted for the parish kitchen design. Roberta was a military wife for twenty years and her children were born in three different countries. Roberta and Bill lived overseas for ten of those twenty years. As Bill said, "There's a special place in heaven for a military wife."

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Scott Shirley.

Roberta is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bill Shirley, of the home; son, Tim Shirley, Baldwin, Kansas; daughters, Susan (Jon Sorenson) Massey, Mount Vernon, Illinois; Sara (Bennie Gudmens) Moxley, Leavenworth, Kansas; grandchildren, Kayla Massey, Josh Massey, Morgan Moxley, Lydia Shirley, Clarissa Shirley; great-grandchildren, Josie Cowan, Augustus Massey, Maximus Massey; brother, Edward Morgan; sisters, Arlene Kratzberg, and Rosalie Brackney.

A rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022, at St. John's Catholic Church, Iola, Kansas. A funeral mass for Roberta will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at St. John's Catholic Church. A lunch and visitation will follow the funeral mass in St. John's Parish Hall. Inurnment will be in Highland Cemetery at a later date and time.

A memorial suggestion by the family is to plant a tree in memory of Roberta. Mass for the repose of the soul of Roberta can be asked for at the parish office.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com .
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Friday, May 27, 2022

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

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