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Bobbie H. Wilhite

Obituary for Bobbie H. Wilhite

November 4, 1920 - October 23, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 96


Bobbie H. Wilhite 96, of Austin, Texas passed away on October 23, 2017. She was born November 4, 1920 in Fort Worth, Texas to Robert Bernard and Susie Brown Hopson. She married Travis Palmer Wilhite on December 17, 1938 and they were married 62 years until his death in 2001. Bobbi was also preceded in death by her half-brother, Ardyce Zorns, her younger sister Wanda Ruth Elliott, younger brother, Ralph Bernard Hopson, and son, Robert Dale Wilhite. Bobbie's younger years were spent in Fort Worth and Decatur, Texas, where her father was a barber, she graduated from Decatur high school. During WWII, she worked in the aircraft factory in Fort Worth, in support of the war effort.

Bobbie is survived by her children, Travis Michael Wilhite (Rosamond), their children, Travis Michael Wilhite II (Honore ) and their child, Hope, Christopher Thomas Wilhite ( Carol ) and their children, Lola and Jackson. Also survived by son, Phillip Eugene Wilhite (Patricia), and their children, Matthew Phillip Wilhite and Stuart James Wilhite (Amanda), and daughter, Suzanne Tillman, and her, children Brian Edward Tillman, Grace Elizabeth Tillman, and Richard Travis Tillman.

Bobbie and Travis raised their children in Houston, and were long time members of Riverside Methodist Church in Houston. They moved to Austin in 1983, and attended First United Methodist church. Her passion was in raising her family, and providing a wonderful home for her children and husband. Her commitment was exhibited by going fishing with Travis and the children in the family boat, even though she could not swim. On many workdays or school days, she would cook breakfast for Travis, then the boys and Suzanne, then for herself after everyone had their lunch packed and was fed. Dinner was always ready, and one favorite was salmon croquets. Bobbie loved to sew, and for years made many of her own clothes, becoming proficient enough to win a regional sewing contest. After the children were grown, she took up painting with oils and acrylics. However, as anyone who has been around Bobbie for any length of time would know, bridge was her passion. She played bridge multiple times per week right up until her last six weeks of life, and was an excellent bridge player. She did not suffer either partners or opponents who were not knowledgeable about bidding or playing. Their church friends in Houston had a monthly bridge party, and Bobbie would always be in contention for high score, unless, of course, she had "bad cards" that night. If you were late to the Friday bridge game at the Renaissance, or not ready to bid or play according to the book, she was not pleased. For several years, she was the only female the men invited to the weekly poker game.

She was at peace with God and felt happy about her family during her final days.

A family celebration of Bobbie's life will be held in November.

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