BOBO, Mary A.|
Mary A. Bobo of Fort Worth, formerly of Austin, passed away Feb 24. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 28 with services at 10 a.m. March 1 at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar.
Mary was born in rural North Texas, the youngest of eight children in a family that migrated to Johnson County from Tennessee in the early 1900s.
She was a member of the Greatest Generation, those who lived during the Great Depression and the World War II era, and witnessed the remarkable progress of the 20th Century. She knew a time when there were no antibiotics and no interstate highways, when television was new - and black and white - and when people collected vinyl records to enjoy the music of Glen Miller and Benny Goodman.
She married a young military enlistee who survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. During and after the war, they lived in several states, England and finally in Austin as an Air Force family.
In Austin, she assisted with a pre-school program at Crestview United Methodist Church, helped with Girl Scouts and was a stalwart Band Mom. Mary also worked for AISD and, after the death of her husband, at Yaring's.
She was a graduate of Italy (Texas) High School, where she played baseball and basketball, and became a life-long sports fan, especially of Jody Conradt's Lady Longhorns. Mary moved from Austin to Fort Worth at age 84 where she also cheered the TCU Lady Frogs.
She is survived by daughter Carolyn and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Ormond; six brothers and a sister and their spouses; nephews; military friends around the U.S.; and friends in Austin and Fort Worth.
As we grow older, we all should hope that we have her kindness, her resilience and her spirit. And her jump shot.
Memorial remembrances may be made to Italy High School, women's basketball programs at the University of Texas or TCU, Crestview United Methodist Church, or any organization that provides programs to help young people succeed.
Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2014