OBITUARY

Colleen Kay Robb

April 2, 1952February 9, 2015
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Colleen Kay ‘Jenson’ Robb of Katy, TX went to meet our Heavenly Father February 9, 2015 after battling pneumonia.

Colleen was born in Dallas on April 2, 1952 to Martin Haldean Jenson and Edna Booth Jenson, both deceased. She is survived by her husband of over 36 years, William George Robb; her children Phillip Jenson Robb and Monica Meghan Robb; her brother Paul Jenson and his wife Gay Jenson; her aunts Dorothy Wells and Charlotte Jenson; her uncles Glenn Booth and Jimmy Jenson; her mother-in-law Mary Eleanor Robb; her brother-in-law John Ralph Robb and his wife Janet Carol Robb; her brother-in-law Robert Aragona; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She grew up in Oak Cliff in the Dallas area. Colleen graduated Kimball High School class of 1970. She went on to graduate Rice University in Houston with B.A.s in Sociology and Spanish in 1974. Colleen would later earn her law degree from the University of Houston.

While in her adopted home of Houston, Colleen would meet the love of her life, William ‘Bill’ Robb. The happy couple married in 1978. Their first child, Phillip, followed in 1982. The family found completion in 1985 with the addition of second child, Monica. The family established their home base in Katy, TX in 1987.

A devoted wife, mother and friend, Colleen possessed a strong spirit, a sharp mind and an immense heart. A voracious reader, Colleen excelled at storytelling and conversation. During her time in school, her flair for drama led her to pursue acting. She also honed her argumentative abilities with Speech and Debate. Her love of learning Spanish pushed her to travel throughout Mexico.

Colleen further fed her need for culture and travel when the family followed Bill to Stavanger, Norway for three years in the summer of 1990. They settled among fellow oil company ex-patriots during a boom time in Scandinavia’s petroleum industry. While living with her family in Norway, she was exposed to much of Western Europe. Time within the ex-pat community would allow her to make additional life-long friends of different nationalities. After a time of discovery and growth, they returned to Katy, TX at the end of their assignment and have remained. Following the family’s return to Texas, Colleen applied herself to work in the banking industry. She worked handling trusts, where her nature to help those in need served her well. After leaving that career, Colleen would often take up the causes of family and friends as needed.

To count Colleen on your side was to know you had an ally who could turn the tide of whatever battle in which she engaged herself.

Colleen loved nothing more than a good old-fashioned battle of wits. Be it over dinner table discussion, or a heated game of Trivial Pursuit, Colleen loved to have her mind tested. She loved learning, and she loved teaching others. She never met a conversation she didn’t like, nor a Scrabble foe she could not best.

To probably best understand Colleen, would be to watch her in the kitchen when she was preparing for a dinner party. A highly-skilled cook, Colleen’s library contained decades’ worth of recipes and knowledge from her life and travels. She shined by showing her love through a delicious meal. Numerous pots and pans would be dirtied to show skill; more food than imagined would be prepared to make sure no one went away hungry. The larger the crowd, the better she could demonstrate her ability to entertain and converse on a grand stage. Controlled chaos never met a ringmaster with such flair or force of will as Colleen Kay Robb.

After dealing with numerous health problems for over a year, on Christmas Day 2014, Colleen was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. Despite steady initial improvement in her condition, she ultimately developed sepsis. The toll of infection and treatment proved too much. Her lungs and kidneys began to fail. She faded away in her sleep in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.

Whether in Dallas, Houston, Stavanger, Katy or any other place in between, Colleen made a lasting impression. To count her as a friend meant having one of the toughest and strongest advocates you could ever imagine. To be blessed with her as a mother meant having a supporter who could give you the power to carry on, even if the task seemed too challenging. To love her as a wife meant traveling this world with your best friend and one of the most dazzling souls to have ever graced this earth.

While the loss of Colleen has happened far earlier than either she, or any of us wanted, we know her pain has ended. We also smile and laugh, knowing that by the time we see her again, she’ll have talked to God and made a few improvements to Heaven. If God would bend to any mortal’s will, it would be hers.

In lieu of flowers, charible contributions can be made in Colleen's memory to the Houston Sheltie Sanctuary.com, mailing address is Houston Sheltie Sanctuary, Inc., PO Box 840235, Houston, TX 77284-0235.

At least, He would if He knew what was good for Him. "After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Arrangements under the direction of Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, Stafford, TX.

Services

  • Rosary/Visitation Friday, February 20, 2015
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 21, 2015
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Paul Bailey

February 25, 2015

The Robb family, I am so sad to hear about your loss. I will always remember her cooking such great food for Thanksgiving and sharing those times with you all.

Debbie McKenzie Fuller

February 21, 2015

My sweet, sweet Colleen. My dearest friend since 2nd grade to all the way to HS graduation. You, we were always there for one another. You were the 1st person I called when my dad died. You helped me so much to work through that heartbreak. You always had the wise words who always just knew what to say. To Bill, Phillip, &Monica, I loved your mom so much. She was a part of my life. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding, & I sang Ava Maria at your parents wedding. 1st time I ever sang in public - scared to death- but Colleen would not have it any other way. I last saw her at her mom's funeral. I loved your mom. I was never as smart, but I loved to hear her debate any issue with anyone. She stood strong by her beliefs. You & Phillip had a priceless mom, a true gem, whom I heard you loved with all your hearts. She will remain in my heart forever, as Colleen was part of my life all my life. I loved her with my whole heart & soul. My prayers to her beautiful family to learn to cope without her she will be part of our lives forever..

Shannon Ferguson

February 20, 2015

Mr. Robb, Phillip and Monica,

I am so sorry for the loss of Mrs. Robb. I have so many fond memories of growing up next door to all of you in the Meadows and the birth of both of you, Phillip and Monica. I was so lucky to babysit both of you as well. I just loved spending time with your family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Love,
Shannon Deats Ferguson

Kerry

February 20, 2015

Bill, so sorry to hear of your loss; I feel blessed to have met her, and wish society had more people like you and her.

Judy & Larry Deats

February 19, 2015

We are so saddened to hear of Colleen's death. We'll always remember our dear Robb neighbors, and we were so happy to see her at Shannon's wedding so many years ago. Our love, sympathies and prayers to Bill, Phillip and Monica.

Susie Bazin

February 18, 2015

I miss my friend more each passing day, as I'm sure you do, too, dear Robb family. So much left unsaid, left undone--there will never be another friend like Colleen. Our love and prayers always to you.

Paula Sue Bell Brannon

February 17, 2015

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Colleen's passing. Even though we hadn't seen or spoke with one another in decades, I thought of her often when I would make trips to the old neighborhood, or when I would go through childhood photos. Colleen and I went through elementary, junior high, and high school together. She made the most of school, excelling in everything she did. Her intelligence, wit, and many talents were limitless. My thoughts and prayers are with Colleen's loved ones.

February 16, 2015

Bill,

Please accept my condolences on your loss. From the comments expressed your wife was a wonderful person. I hope to see you Saturday.

Charlie Mireur

February 16, 2015

I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to meet Colleen. It was evident to see the mutual love and respect that you had for each other. She was wise, kind and very loving to you. As you go through this difficult time, cling tight to God and your memories of the love you shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John Teeters and family

Ann Robinson

February 16, 2015

I was so sad to read of Colleen's passing in the Chronicle on Sunday.I have fond memories of her from the time we lived in Stavanger.
My condolences to the family.