Roberta Johanne (Robbie) Shaeffer

Robbie died on March 27, 2008, to be with her Lord in Heaven. She was born to Robert Jr. and Willmer Srkala in Edinburg, Texas, on Dec. 21, 1949.

Robbie moved with her parents and brother (Darrell) to Kingman in 1964, as her dad was employed with Duval Mine. Robbie was a 1968 graduate from the Mohave County Union High School; she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She attended the Texas Woman's University in Denton for a short time. Later, moving to Hobbs, N.M., with her girlfriend, she worked as a telephone operator before returning to Kingman.

She was employed with the Arizona Highway Patrol, now the Department of Public Safety, District No. 1. She started as a temporary in 1967 while attending high school. In 1971, she started full time. In 1977, she took a brief leave of absence to raise her sons, Steven and Jason, while also teaching and taking classes at Mohave Community College. She returned to the DPS in 1985. She retired on Dec. 30, 2005, with 25 years of service with the department. Positions held during her tenure were typist, dispatcher, district secretary and office coordinator. She also worked in the criminal investigations division, highway patrol division and the telecommunications division. She was inducted into the Department's Office of Professional Secretaries' Hall of Fame on Feb. 9, 2006.

Robbie is survived by her husband, Denny Shaeffer of Kingman; her sons, Steven of Phoenix and Jason of Kingman; and her mother, Willmer Srkala of Moulton, Texas. Preceding her in death were her father, Robert Srkala Jr., and her brother, Darrell Srkala.

Robbie's hobbies included all types of crafts, knitting, macrame, beading, jewelry making and quilting (her favorite). She had a very large quilting family. She enjoyed shopping for fabrics and attending quilt shows. She was involved in the Scouting program when her boys were younger and was a den leader.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison St.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial donations to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Coalition of DPS Retirees, Inc., P.O. Box 36398, Phoenix, AZ 85067, or Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison St., Kingman, AZ 86401, or Kingman Regional Medical Center Hospice, 1790 Sycamore Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409.