Colleen Kay 'Jenson' Robb of Katy, TX went to meet our
Heavenly Father February 9, 2015 after battling
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
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
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