Shaunda Lynne Kubena Jacobs, 50, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., lost her courageous battle with cancer Oct. 14. She was at home surrounded by family. Shaunda was born July 5, 1965, in Carlsbad. She married Robb Jacobs on Aug. 2, 1986, and he survives, along with their children, Shalynn Rae and Jace Robb of Sierra Vista. Shaunda is also survived by her parents, Albert A. and Phyllis Christine Kubena of Mountainair; brother, Andy (Darla) Kubena of Canyon, Texas; sisters De Ann (Mark) Chaves of Magdalena, and Shannon (John) Long of Olathe, Colo.; her father and mother-in-law, John R. and Sandra Jacobs of Belen. Shaunda had several aunts and uncles, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and two great nephews. Shaunda was preceded in death by her grandparents Albert (“Daddy Gran”) and Cordelia (“Gran”) Kubena; and Bill and Lola Fisher. The Kubena family moved to Mountainair in 1973. She graduated from Mountainair High School in 1983; earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from WNMU and her Master’s degree from NAU in Special Education. After her marriage in 1986, she moved to Sierra Vista in 1988. Her teaching career began in 1989 at Greenway School in Bisbee. Shaunda later taught in the Palominas district at Coronado School. Shaunda was currently employed at the Palominas Elementary School where she has been a reading specialist for the last six years. Shaunda was a God-filled woman who loved life and sharing her faith with others. She had a passion for barrel racing and watching her children compete in rodeo sports. Shaunda also enjoyed fishing and outdoor activities, as well as scrapbooking and making special cards. Shaunda worked with her students and involved herself with 4H and children showing animals. She enthusiastically worked with Junior and High School Rodeo and V Heart Rodeo. The celebration of Shaunda’s life will at 3 p.m. Oct. 22, at the Country Estates Baptist Church on Highway 92, Hereford, Ariz., with Pastor Michael Bergman officiating. As per her request, Shaunda’s ashes will be scattered at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Arizona High School Rodeo Association, Shaunda Jacobs Memorial Fund, 7493 N. Oracle Rd. #201 Tucson, AZ 85704. Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home.
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