Kristen Louise Ratcliffe Robley

Born in Philadelphia, PA on February 23, 1977

Departed on August 10, 2017 and resided in Aurora, CO

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Kristen was born in Chestnut Hill Hospital to Louise "Clay"ton Ratcliffe (nee Esterhai) and William A. Ratcliffe. Kristen was the older of two sisters.

Kristen graduated from Downingtown High School in 1995. While attending Downingtown High School, Kristen was in the choir, on the swim team, President of the Student Council and served on the Downingtown Area School Board. Following graduation, Kristen attended and graduated from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York in 1999. She received a Bachelor of Art's degree in English Literature, Religion with a minor in film.

Kristen worked for a bank for eighteen months before realizing she wanted to help and work with children in Special Education. She got a position as a teacher's aide in Special Education in the Methacton School District while working towards her Master's degree. She graduated from Penn State University with a Masters in Special Education in 2004 and worked in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District as a Special Education teacher in Conestoga High School.

In 2005, Kristen moved to Colorado to be with her now husband, Philip. She worked as a Special Education teacher at Arapahoe High School and became Department Chair prior to her diagnosis. Kristen loved her students and nothing was too much trouble given they wanted to learn.

Kristen married Philip Brian Robley on June 27, 2009 at Red Rocks in a small ceremony witnessed by friends and family. Kristen and Phil were not only husband and wife, but also best friends. Nothing pleased them more than spending all their "free" time together. Phil has been a husband, friend and caregiver to Kristen since her original diagnosis and through eight brain surgeries. Together they enjoyed "road trips", hiking, biking, camping and traveling. Kristen enjoyed reading, music, playing with their dogs, movies and the company of her friends.

After Kristen's initial surgery, she was so grateful for the care provided by the doctors, nurses and support employees, she began volunteering at Parker Adventist Hospital in the Critical Care Unit and other areas. Kristen found great joy and several good friends while volunteering at Parker Adventist.

Kristen was loving, a loyal and true friend, had a quick wit and a fabulous sense of humor, would help anyone and adored all her dogs.

Kristen will be missed by her loving husband, Philip B. Robley; her mother, Louise C. E. Ratcliffe; her father, William A. Ratcliffe; her sister, Perry E. Munday (Joshua); her niece, Harper R. Mundy; her aunts and uncle; as well as many cousins. All are comforted that she is no longer suffering from the ravages of her anaplastic astrocytoma.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers should be made to Parker Adventist Hospital or Agape Hospice. As of this time, no services is planned.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Beth and Robert McCormick :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you. I am so sorry for your loss

  2. Debbie Amoroso :

    Sleep with the Angels Kristen.

    Debbie Amoroso

  3. Joy and Donald Webb

    Phil we love you and our prayers are prayers are with you. Sorry for the loss.

    Love you
    Joy nd Donald Webb

  4. Brenda Herndon Smith :

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. May God give you peace and comfort. Love you, cuz

  5. Maxanne McCormick :

    I will treasure memories of times with Kristen. She was my hero. Phil, Clay, and Perry, I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Kristen. She was loved.

  6. David and Yvonne Cannon :

    Truly sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Margie Robertson :

    Little brother I know how difficult this time is for you because it’s not even been quite a year for me cancer is such a bummer but she’s in awesome awesome hands and she will always live in your heart know that you are loved and she will be loved and missed two I love you Philip

  8. My though & prayers are with you always. Always remember those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us.  They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they
    brought into our lives.

  9. I am very sorry for the loss of your wife. I cannot even imagine the pain you are suffering now . The days ahead will be difficult I’m sure but know that you are loved and prayed for. I pray that The Lord give you the peace and go fort you need in this sad hour of your life.

    Aunt Lorraine and family

  10. Charlie and Janice :

    Kristen passing is bitter sweet although there will be a hole in everyone’s life that she touched, she is at peace at last and not subject to human frailty. Phil stay strong in knowing you were there for her and made the circumstances as good as they could be. I will pray for you both.

    Love Charlie and Janice

  11. Sam and Joyce Herndon :

    We are so sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers. We love you.

  12. So very so4y for your loss…God will take her under his wings..praying for comfort during this time

  13. Steve and Heather Robley :

    We send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kristen will be missed greatly.

  14. Dena Stellabott :

    Clay, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Kristen although she was here for far too short a time had an amazing and giving life. I know you are so proud of the woman she became.

  15. Marc & Erma Howerzyl :

    We’re very sorry for your loss. Kristen was an amazing person and will be missed greatly. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!

    Marc & Erma Howerzyl

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