Roberta was born February 8, 1942 to Clarence and Roberta Kirkwood in Acol, TX of Polk County. She was their second child. Later, their family moved to Groves, TX where she attended school, enjoyed her family, school and carnivals on Pleasure Island Pier in Port Arthur as her father worked for Gulf Oil as a mechanic. Roberta accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age enjoying church services with her family and aunts. The family moved to Tyler county Texas so her mother could be near her mother's sisters. Here is where Virginia continued her education in Woodville, Tx at Scott Jr. High School, playing girls basketball, the clarinet in band and marching in the Dogwood Festival Parade. Later, she married and started her family of six children. Roberta worked jobs of interest but saw more interest in caregiving where she became a certified nurse's aide and began working at the Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, TX in the nursery. In 1973 she moved to Grand Prairie, TX continuing her career in Healthcare. She joined Sunset Baptist church where she attended faithfully for 45 years.
Roberta was preceded in death by her husband Robert Shaw, daughter Shirlene Moye, father Clarence Kirkwood Sr and mother Roberta Porter. Brothers Eddie Kirkwood, John Kirkwood and Troy Martin. Sisters Shirley Kirkwood and Ruby Bowie.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory children, Devit Hadnot, Willie Smith (Calvin), Burniece Patrick (David), Melissa Lewis (Adrian), Shawn Hadnot (Rose). Brothers Clarence Kirkwood. Jr (Loranze), Kenneth Kirkwood, William Martin and Clinton Martin. Sisters,
Clarice Dorsey, Thelma Ross, Debra Lee and Detra Martin, 20 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces. nephews, cousins and friends.
Roberta loved God, her family and all others, which she showed in her daily interactions of making people constantly laugh. Her eyes would light up when she saw babies or children. She enjoyed Sunday School, reading, cooking, decorating, traveling, museums and crafts and was adamant about knowing history and ancestry.