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This tribute was added by Bonnie Coffman on June 29, 2020
It was an honor to know Bobbe. She was truly an amazing person.  She taught me to appreciate every minute of every day. We had the connection of living in Saudia Arabia and sharing that unique time. Her memorial was a tribute to her fighting spirit and giving nature. I will wear the bracelet she made, and gifted to me by Jacki and Donnie with pride and rememberance. May you rest in peace, lovely lady. 
This tribute was added by Mary Clos on June 28, 2020
My sincere sympathy to you Don and Jacki. Bobbe was a beautiful lady, I enjoyed getting together with her, if it was for shopping going to lunch or a appointment. Though out her illness she was a fighter and a very spiritual person too! I will miss Bobbe's friendship very much.

Sincerely,
Mary Clos
This tribute was added by Marilyn Wagner Keating on June 20, 2020
Bobbe and I have known each other since grade school. We had a lot of the same memories growing up with great classmates. In High School we became a unified district and welcomed more incredible classmates/friends who became known as the Class of 1970. Memories have been flooding while looking forward to our 50th Reunion. Oh, I'm sad not to have hugged and laughed with Bobbe one more time. We had fun times...Playing pool in between classes at HCJC, making Screwdriver in the back seat of her folk's car (I was in charge of the orange juice) on our way to Sabetha's tournament with Hiawatha. We were college age and don't remember who was driving, because Bobbe and I were the bartenders. At the tournament we sat in the middle of Sabetha fans and cheered for Hiawatha. We always laughed so hard when we were together. She was fearless! So blessed to have had you in my life.
This tribute was added by Jona Seeman on June 18, 2020
Like DeAun mentioned, staying with Aunt Bobbe and Uncle Donnie was always a good time. When we were younger, we would stay with them on weekends once in awhile. Uncle Donnie was working at the airport so Aunt Bobbe would come up with fun things for us to do. My most vivid memory was when they lived in an apartment in Kansas City. It was on the 2nd floor and had a balcony with sliding glass doors. Uncle Donnie was at work one night, and we had Aunt Bobbe convinced that there was a werewolf on the balcony. She really believed us and even had all of us run down the stairs to the parking lot to get away. We were laughing so much when we told her it wasn't real. She never got mad and just laughed along with us. She was the one that gave us cookie dough and cake batter to eat, because she didn't know how to bake them. She also thought we should have wine with our spaghetti because that's how they did it in Italy...it didn't matter that I was around 7 years old. I was also the flower girl in their wedding. She was such a crack up and always had a smile on her face. She will be dearly missed.
This tribute was added by Vicky Nichols-Denegre on June 18, 2020
Bobbe was good friend and I will miss her. We have know each other since the 70's. I have a lot of great memories, lot of laughs. With all her travels we always kept in contact. A few years ago we went to Disneyland together and acted like two kids, stayed the whole day and evening. She love to shop, full of energy. She love Don and her daughter Jackie.
I know that she is at rest now and will be watching over all of us.
This tribute was added by Gary Ripple on June 18, 2020
Bobbe was special!  In her youth, Bobbe was so joyful and fun-loving - full of confidence, poise and grace. My favorite memory was her out front of the HHS band in her Majorette uniform. Bobbe was courageous and obviously lived her life to the fullest with her many international travels and adventures with Donnie. Her courage and strength carried her through her pain and suffering these last 18 month as evidenced by her FaceBook postings. Bobbe was indeed special, and she will be missed greatly!
This tribute was added by Mary Jo Burnett on June 18, 2020
I met Bobbe for the first time when were partnered as volunteers at the concierge desk at Solera. Bobbe was a wonderful concierge. She had done this job before when Pulte was still selling homes in Solera. We joked that this must be Petticoat Junction, since she was Bobbe Jo and I was Mary Jo. We always had fun at the concierge desk, at dances, lunches and shopping. And won't forget the fun night on her and Don’s patio when Bobbe made chocolate martinis.
I will miss her terribly. She really loved life and lived it to the fullest.
This tribute was added by De Aun Sanner on June 18, 2020
When my cousin and I was young, we would go stay with Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Donnie in Kansas City. We had so much fun. We swam, shopped, played on the phone ( Aunt Bobbe’s idea) and the famous cookie dough for dinner. It seems most visits ended with a complete family trip to World of Fun. Thank you for all the fun and great memories. You will be missed, but live on in our memories and hearts.
This tribute was added by Deb Portschi on June 18, 2020
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday.
This tribute was added by Nancy Campbell on June 17, 2020
I met Bobbe in High School. She taught me a great deal. She will always be that beautiful tall girl who took many of us under her wing and lifted us up.  I have kept the friendship bracelet she gave me many years ago. God has welcomed her home.
This tribute was added by Penney Long on June 17, 2020
I met Bobbe 62 years ago, when my family moved to Hiawatha. We were very close until high school. Bobbe was a year ahead of me in school due to birthdays, hers in December & mine in January. Sometimes I went on her family vacations cause she didn't want to go as an only child. Bob & Jo were like extended family in those days.
I remember when she decided that she needed to get baptized so she went to the First Christian Church up the street from our houses and requested that the minister baptize her. Which he did. She didn't tell her parents until it was done. Though Bobbe didn't attend many church gatherings, I know that she knew Jesus as her Lord & Savior.
Not sure how old we were, neither of us had a license. But one day, while Jo was golfing and Bob was working, we took the white Cadillac out for a spin. North of town we took out a stop sign, got back on the road only to top the next hill I find her dad & Uncle Jim in a field with a farmer. We hurried home, not to do that again.
We learned how to make Chocolate Chip cookies at an early age. I still make them the same way. Bob always wanted a lot of chips per cookie, so we used 2 pkgs of chips per batch.
One of the big highlights of youth was when her Aunt (Caka) Carol came to town driving a Periwinkle Blue sports car. We thought that was something fantastic!
Our lives took us in different directions but we always managed to keep in touch. I miss you my dear friend.
Peace & comfort to Jacki & Don.
This tribute was added by Dodie Bailey on June 17, 2020
Bless your heart, Bobbe. I remember you as always graceful and lovely. Sincere sympathy to all.
This tribute was added by Gail Gifford on June 17, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart is broken for you and your dad.
From my first meeting of, Bobbe I felt her energy and saw her aura as beautiful and lively as she. With open arms and heart she welcomed me into her family. Her love of life, laughter and adventure were contagious. Her courage and tenacity were inspiring and they never wavered. She was truly larger than life here and she’s shining brightly on all the lives she’s touched.
A bright star was born when she left us but she gave us a gift of beauty and awe to gaze upon and reflect.
Love does transcend all and, Bobbe’s love will be felt by us all.
I embrace her gifts she left us and I celebrate her life. Bobbe, forever in my heart and memories.,


This tribute was added by Chris Hoffman Birnbaum on June 16, 2020
So sorry for your family’s loss. Bobbe has left a great legacy of friends and faith. One year at one of our high school class reunions in Hiawatha, I remember the room seemed to brighten when Bobbe and Don arrived. I enjoyed the conversation I had that night with Bobbe. She will be missed very much at our reunion in 2021.
This tribute was added by Sharon Hessen on June 16, 2020
Don't think of her as gone away
Her journey has just begun
Life holds many facets
The Earth is only one

Just think of her as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years

Think how she must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
can really pass away

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she was loved so much!


Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time. Love Rocky & Sharon
This tribute was added by Sandra White on June 16, 2020
My family and I met Bobbe in 1986 when we all lived in Jeddah Saudi Arabia together. Our friendship formed quickly as my girls and Jacki were in school together and played together as children. We shared popcorn, shopping and even faraway shopping trips together in Seoul Korea as well as shopping for gold and jewelry in Jeddah and many lunches together downtown near the gold souk.  We loved to color our hair and shared our hair color we hauled over from the states. Those were great days.
After returning from overseas we remained good friends over the years sharing many memories of our days in Saudi Arabia together and discussed our girls and all the happenings of our lives here, shared make up tips and even though we were miles apart , our friendship remained strong up until her passing. She called me a few weeks ago and we did our usual chatting and I told her how much I had wanted to visit in the spring and of course Covid prevented that. She was a beautiful lady inside and out and a friend I will greatly miss and I will always cherish the memories of a lifelong friendship and send my love to Jacki and Don! 
This tribute was added by Jacki McCord on June 16, 2020
God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered, "Come to Me".

With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.

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