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Sheila Robertson enjoyed Missouri sports, remembered for her cheerfulness

Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 9:08 p.m. CST; updated 12:02 p.m. CST, Monday, November 12, 2012
Sheila Robertson, 51, died Nov. 6, 2012, of Columbia

COLUMBIA— Sheila Ackmann Robertson spent most of her weekends in the "Mizzou room" in her basement, shouting at the football game on the big screen with her husband, Jeff Robertson, unless she was on the sidelines of Faurot Field.

"In our 'Mizzou room,' we have a framed T-shirt that Sheila won, signed by the ESPN Game Day cast hanging amongst various bowl game posters and programs," Jeff Robertson said. "We even went to the game where the Tigers played in the Cotton Bowl."

Sheila Ackmann Robertson died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, after complications with diabetes. She was 51.

Mrs. Robertson was born Jan. 4, 1961, in Kansas City. She was adopted by Bernadine and Harry "Bud" Ackmann shortly after birth and moved to Columbia. She married Jeff Robertson in May 1985.

Mrs. Robertson graduated from Hickman High School in 1979 and from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1982.

Jeff Robertson met his wife in college, when they were both tellers at what was then The First Bank of Commerce.

Mrs. Robertson worked for multiple media companies, including the Kansas City Star, the Rocky Mountain News and Networks of Mid-Missouri.

Jeff Page, Mrs. Robertson's supervisor at Networks of Mid-Missouri, said he appreciated both her talent as a strategist and the potlucks Mrs. Robertson would "instigate or heavily contribute to" around the office.

"I probably will never call anyone else 'Sunshine' for the rest of my life," Page said. "Every morning I would say, 'Good morning, Sunshine!' and she would say 'Good morning, Sunshine!' back."

Susan Duchin became close friends with Robertson during their time together at the Rocky Mountain News. Duchin said Mrs. Robertson was energetic, unbelievably perky at times and loved to bring people together. 

"She was just one of those people you wanted to know. She had great energy, was a lot of fun and you just kind of wanted to hang out with her," Duchin said. "Even as we were leaving the hospital, the nurses were saying that they had wished they met her under different circumstances."

As much as she loved her friends and family, Mrs. Robertson had a special place in her heart for the dogs in her life, Duchin said.

"If someone had a baby, they got a baby gift," Duchin said. "If someone got a baby animal, they got a baby animal gift."

Mrs. Robertson loved taking her dogs to her home in Keystone, Colo., and playing fetch in the snow with tennis balls.

"I'm a farm boy, and I didn't think we should have a dog in the house, but about three years after we got married, she wore me down," Jeff Robertson said. "Now the dog sleeps in our bedroom."

Jeff Robertson said Mrs. Robertson brought him "out of his shell," and they encouraged each other to try new things.

They planned to buy a Harley and utilize their motorcycle licenses when they reached retirement, he said. They also planned to travel to exotic locations such as Alaska, Costa Rica, Belize, Italy and Switzerland. 

"She was a great partner, and I love her," Jeff Robertson said. "She will be deeply missed."

Robertson is survived by her husband, Jeff Robertson, of Columbia, and her mother, Bernadine (Klemme) Ackmann of Columbia.

Her father, Harry "Bud" Ackmann, died earlier.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.


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