Shelly Roggendorff, clinical teaching assistant in the School of Nursing and labor and delivery nurse at Abilene Regional Medical Center, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.
Roggendorff, 44, lived a life of service and selflessness and was a joy to everyone who knew her, friends said. She fought a four-year battle after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Her husband, Dr. Paul Roggendorff, said he would like the ACU and Abilene communities to remember her as a person of deep faith and commitment to God.
“She was a prayer warrior with many other women wherever we lived,” said Paul Roggendorff, assistant professor of foreign languages. “She was fun-loving, and enjoyed life to the fullest, even in the face of tremendous adversity. She was a terrific wife and mother who made sure the house was always a happy home full of laughter.”
One of her favorite, scriptures during her battle with cancer was Psalm 18:20-24. It reads:
The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
“Her faith was a paramount,” he said. “It got her through this cancer ordeal with her head held high in the knowledge that she was not afraid to die because she had hope in an eternal life.”
Shelly is survived by her husband, and their children, Christopher Roggendorff, Ethan Roggendorff and Allison Roggendorff; her mother-in-law, Bertha Roggendorff; her mother and father, Dorinda and Robert Duzan; her brother Kevin, his wife Kathy, and their three children; and Paul’s sister, Leahanna, her husband Tquan Moore, and their three children.
Funeral services will take place at the University Church of Christ auditorium Saturday at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding the service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to the University Church of Christ, which will be used to establish a scholarship for ACU nursing students.