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Agnes (Aggie) Oliver Dobbs Willis, 87, a long-time Pasadena resident, died on August 6, 2012, at the Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury, California, of natural causes. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Theodore (Ted) Hoover Willis; her daughter, Victoria Dobbs Bousman of San Juan Capistrano, California; two grandsons, Todd Bousman of Costa Mesa, California; Christopher Dobbs of Camas, Washington; a brother John (Jack) Oliver of Los Angeles, California; two step-daughters, Teryl Bailey Willis of Sierra Madre, California; Traci Jane Willis of Davenport, California and a step-son, Theodore Hoover Willis Jr. of Missoula, Montana and several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Her first husband, Robert (Robin) Dobbs and her son, Michael Dobbs, predeceased her.

She was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia, California.

She was born on March 6, 1925, in Los Angeles, CA to Agnes McCormick Oliver and Charles Noble Oliver. She married Robert (Robin) Dobbs on June 14, 1947. After his death in 1968, she married Theodore (Ted) Hoover Willis on December 27, 1975. For most of their married life they resided in Pasadena, California. (Ted Willis' grand uncle was President Herbert C. Hoover.)

Agnes Willis had an enormous zest for life and people and traveled the world with her husband and family. Her talents for entertaining family and friends were legendary, as was her curiosity to learn as much as she could about everyone and everything. She loved reading quirky mystery books as well as serious literature. She spent many years in the restaurant business and served in the United States Navy during World War II, where she was stationed at the Golden Gate Race Track. One of her hobbies was genealogy and she left her family meticulous records of their genealogical roots in the USA, Ireland and Europe.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 16, 2012
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