Roberta Ann Kinnamon of Las Cruces, NM got her angel wings on Friday July 13, 2018. She is survived by her granddaughter Kylee Kinnamon of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who is a graduate student at ENMU; brother Larry McIntire of Fairfield, Iowa; sister Loretta Gould of Ooltewah, Tennessee; and niece Jeannette Finley of Omaha, Nebraska. She is preceded in death by her husband Larry Kinnamon and brother Gary McIntire.
She was born on May 5, 1935 to Daisy and Robert McIntire in Fairfield, Iowa. After graduating from Fairfield High School in 1954, she was crowned Miss Fairfield and earned a cash prize that she used to help pay for her college education. She went on to attend Parsons College in her hometown of Fairfield where she studied Elementary and Physical Education and was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. It was during this time that she met her husband of 55 years. Roberta and Larry were married June 17, 1956 and she graduated with her Bachelor?s degree in 1958.
Roberta and Larry lived in Clinton, Iowa, for 20 years where she taught both elementary school and high school physical education. Together they had one son, Sean Kinnamon in 1966. They were members of the Clinton First Presbyterian Church, and served as leaders of the Couples? Lifeliner Club. Larry and Roberta were members of the Clinton Country Club for 15 years and she always enjoyed a good game of bridge.
In 1980, Larry?s career in shoe sales led their family to Farmington, New Mexico. Over the next few years his job would take them to Bradbury, California, where they were members of the City of Hope Couples? Auxiliary in Duarte. In 1988, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona and soon formed their own corporation (KEI) known as Kinnamon Shoes for nine years. Larry and Roberta always enjoyed many travel trips during their years together.
The couple retired in 1995 and moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona in 1996. In retirement Roberta managed to maintain her active and social lifestyle. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, hosting parties, spending time with good friends and feeding the neighborhood horses. Roberta was an avid animal lover as evidenced by her passion for the three Labradors she doted on throughout her life. Roberta was loved and appreciated by all those she encountered, and will be greatly missed.
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