Bobbie (Roberta) Gebhardt, age 91, is dancing again to “Old Black Magic” with Lenny, her husband of 56 years. Survived by her daughters, Sue and Cathy; grandchildren, Amy (Tom), Heather (Joshua), Robert (Martha), James (Danielle), Shawn (Faye), and Travis; great-grandchildren, Susan, Alyssa, Elijah, Belle, Mackenzie, Rio, Ethan, and Barrett. Preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Neva; husband, Leonard; sister, Alice; brother, John; son-in-law, Michael; several aunts and uncles, nieces, and nephews.
She worked as a payroll clerk, performing cost accounting duties for Diecast Corp. She graduated from Jackson Business University. She was a charter member of Brookside United Methodist Church, where she held many offices and was involved in several committees and circles. She loved quilting, and made one as a wedding gift for each of her children, and as a celebration of the birth of each grandchild and great-grandchild. She also helped create a king-size 50th anniversary memorial quilt for her church, which is on permanent display there. She won many ribbons at the fair for her quilting. Although she always said she couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, she loved playing the hammer dulcimer. Along with Lenny, she was a member of Uncle Carl’s Dulcimer Club in Michigan and the Mellow Tones in Florida. She also enjoyed doing ceramics, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and watching the Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and the Hallmark Channel. She loved her family and especially enjoyed hearing about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities. Hearing their stories always brought her joy.
A celebration of her life will be held at Brookside United Methodist Church, 4000 Francis St., Jackson, MI 49203 on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00am with Pastor Ron Brooks officiating. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brookside, Lingap Children’s Foundation, or a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm and at the church for the service at 11:00am.
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