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Martha Robertson Goemaat

January 3, 1946January 22, 2020

Martha “Robbie” Goemaat, 74, of Ankeny, IA passed away on January 22, 2020, at Edencrest in Ankeny, Iowa.

Robbie was born in El Paso, Texas, on January 3, 1946 to Martha Elizabeth (Manning) and FWJ (Bill) Bishop. Robbie graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1964, and after graduating high school she earned a two-year nursing degree from Broadlawns School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa. Robbie was a nurse most of her adult life, a calling she had since childhood. Robbie applied her creative skills to nursing in innovative ways. She was a strong patient advocate and was always thinking up, planning and implementing interventions to make patients’ lives better. Robbie was also an encourager to her fellow staff members; Robbie cared. She also loved all kinds of music and books, working as a bookseller for many years after retiring from nursing. In her personal life Robbie was known by many for her positive outlook on life and how she loved to make friends and help others in so many ways - as such, she will be missed by many.

Left to cherish Robbie’s memory are her loving children, Jeremy (Janelle) and Jason (Ann) Goemaat; grandchildren, Gunnar, Gabrielle and Gianna; sister Susan Bishop Sherman (Glenn); and niece Sarah Sherman. Robbie was very active with her grandchildren, spending frequent overnighters, and loved helping them and playing with them through arts, crafts and games.

A celebration of life service will be held at a future date.


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Peggy Patton

January 30, 2020

I met Robbie in 1979, at Glenn and Susan's wedding. She and I had both lived in Fort Madison, and we knew many of the same families. We saw each other over the years, in California and Las Vegas. Robbie,Susan and I spent several days together in 2005 travelling back to Fort Madison, visiting all our old haunts, and eating in every restaurant in town. Don and I will miss Robbie so much! She was funny and kind, and will be missed by all who knew her!

Rosalind Jorn

January 27, 2020

Robbie and I worked together at the VA in Knoxville in the late 80’s. I was returning to nursing after being a full time mother for 20 years. Robbie was a mentor, a gracious encourager and we became dear friends.
In time, I moved back to Kansas City but miles didn’t change our friendship. We wrote letters, drove back and forth from KC to Iowa, met in the “middle” and talked on the phone.
Our friendship covered 35 years thru both good times and challenging times. ...as dear friends do!
Robbie was a kind, fun, creative, caring person and I will always treasure her memory!