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Barbara "Bobbie" Jean Englund peacefully passed away on April 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at Providence Hospital in Everett.
Barbara "Bobbie" Jean Englund
Bobbie was born on October 30, 1930 at Tacoma General Hospital to Weston and Lauree Betts. She attended Federal Way schools from grade one through high school graduation, where she was honored with a student of the year award. She attended the College of Puget Sound and later went on to work for her family's amusement center in Redondo, WA where she learned to skate as a young girl.
On August 17, 1951 she married Eric Englund. Their son, Gary was born first, followed by twin daughters, Sheri and Teri. Bobbie and Eric resided in Redondo for 10 years before moving to Everett where they owned and operated the Rollerfair skating rink. After working side by side for 14 years, their dream of building a new skating rink in Silver Lake became reality. Bobbie and Eric retired from the Skate Deck in 1999, leaving a lasting impression on so many skaters. She was a member of the Roller Skating Association for 50 years.
Bobbie is survived by Eric, her loving husband of 61 years; son, Gary (Karen) Englund; daughters, Sheri (Ray) Prokorym and Teri Acklus; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, Ryan (Angie) Acklus parents of Zaia and Arianna, Nicole Warnock parent of
Riley, Brooklynn and Londynn, Alex (Mandy) Englund parents of Alexia and Karson, Cory Acklus. Adam (Jeannie) Englund parents of Aiden, Shane (Carol) Warnock, Josh (Bobbie) Englund parents of Emma, Brittany Acklus and Demi Prokory; and aunt, Ernie Storrs of Portland, OR.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; along with her sister, Evelyn Pattison; and brother, Byron Betts.
Bobbie enjoyed boating with friends of the Everett Yacht Club and cruising with Holland America. She loved watching her grandchildren's sports and performances. And most of all, gathering for family celebrations especially at Sunland and with her cousins at Burgess Beach, Columbia River Gorge.
Services will be held April 30, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger Ave. in Everett, followed by a family burial at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. A Celebration of Bobbie's Life, 1:00 p.m. at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo WA .
A special thanks to the Puget Sound Kidney Center in Everett for wonderful, caring treatments the last few years. Dr. Tai and his associates, Dr. Pascual and Dr. Logar, along with their staff, became her heroes.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kidney Auxiliary of Puget Sound, 10919 Pacific Ave., Everett, WA or The Roller Skating Foundation, rollerskating.org/about/dona.html.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013