"For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die." Ecclesiastes 3:1.
Sept. 14, 1913, was Bobbe Huntting's time to be born and May 17, 2004, was her time to die. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, who sang her favorite hymns.
Bobbe was born Edna Roberta Jackson in High Point, N.C. She and her family moved to Oakland, Calif., where she spent her youth.
On June 11, 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, she married Frank Sayre Huntting, whom she had met through church singles activities. The opening of McClellan Air Force Base, where Sayre was a civilian employee, brought them to the Sacramento Valley in 1939. There they raised their two sons, Dennis and Stan, and two daughters, Judy Griffin and Marcia Walker.
Bobbe enjoyed two careers - medical assistant to a family practice doctor and school bus driver.
Her interests were varied, including leadership in youth organizations, church groups, gem and mineral societies and African violet societies.
Following Sayre's death in 1998, Bobbe moved to Anacortes and lived with her daughter, Judy, for her final five and a half years. She lived next door to grandson John Griffin and his family, and gained great pleasure from frequent visits by three of her great-grandchildren. Limited by her immobility, Bobbe enjoyed the many visits by members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Some of those visitors found out what a mean game of Scrabble she could play.
During her many adventures in and out of Island Hospital and other medical facilities in the area, she enjoyed meeting health professionals and helping them diagnose her. To any ear that had time to listen she spoke of her 16 grandchildren, including an operating room nurse. She shared pictures of her 29 great-grandchildren and their humorous antics. Completing Bobbe's family tree are three great-great-grandchildren.
Bobbe's surviving two sisters, three children, 15 grandchildren, and the great- and great-great-grandchildren are located in Washington, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Louisiana, Idaho, Germany, Florida, Colorado, Canada, California and Arizona.
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