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ROBIN RATLIFF SHIVERS1956-2009 On the 27th of October, in the year of grace 2009, Robin Shivers's unanticipated passing left a considerable emptiness in the Ratliff and Shivers families and in her larger circle of friends and acquaintances.ROBIN RATLIFF SHIVERS, beloved wife of Allan "Bud" Shivers, Jr., was the daughter of John Wesley Ratliff (deceased) and Robbie Harlan Ratliff of Fort Worth. Her brothers and sisters include Lisa Karen Ratliff of Fort Worth, John Wesley Ratliff, Jr. of Fort Worth, and Kimberly Ratliff Truman of Dallas. Her in-laws include John Shivers and his wife Gayla of Fort Worth; Brian Shivers and his wife Debbie of Dallas; Cissie Ferguson and her husband Dillon of Austin; and their families. Her nephew John Patrick Truman of Dallas also survives her.Born on March 23, 1956 in Graham, Texas, Robin moved to Fort Worth and lived there until she left for Austin to attend the University of Texas and earn her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She deeply valued her volunteer work with the Seton health care system for 28 years, where she served as President of the Seton Development Board and took great pride in chairing a gala for it. A tireless supporter of public television, she was chairman of the board of KLRU in the early 90's.What Robin learned along the way fell easily into place when she turned her impressive talents in support of another love, Austin's dynamic music scene. After successfully booking the then-unknown Garth Brooks in Austin in 1991, she founded RRS Management and managed the band Loose Diamonds as well as the solo career of its founder Troy Campbell. At RRS, experience gained from her time with Seton meshed with her expertise in the music scene, and inspired her co-founding of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). The nonprofit HAAM, which has provided primary and mental healthcare as well as dental services for over 1700 Austin musicians and guided similar efforts across the United States, will continue Robin's selfless sharing of the gifts with which she was innately blessed. She was instrumental in guiding Clifford Antone in the creation of "Help Clifford Help Kids," a very successful program benefiting American Youth Works.Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at St. Mary's Cathedral, with Father Bob Scott officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Seton Fund for HAAM, 1206 West 38th Street, Suite 4200, Austin, TX 78705."She was the most completely kind person I've ever known," was said of Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, and the same is true for Robin Ratliff Shivers, a true lady in every sense of the word. Robin leaves to all a rich and luminous legacy of philanthropy, music, health, friendship and love.Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guestbook online at wcfish.com

Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2009
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