Barbara Read Thompson Estes LUBBOCK-Barbara Bobbie Read Thompson Estes peacefully departed this earthly life on Nov. 7, 2013. To be face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ was her living hope, now fulfilled in her physical death. She died peacefully after some years of the long goodbye known as Alzheimer's. She was surrounded by her family in Austin, Texas. On July 24, 1922, in Hillsboro, Texas, she was born the second of three daughters to Charles H. and Lucile Warren Read. Bobbie was preceded in death in 1991 by Asher James Thompson, her husband of 49 years. She was also preceded in death in 2009 by her second husband, William Dub Estes, to whom she was married for five years. Bobbie is survived by her two children, John Asher Thompson and his wife Nina Still Thompson; and Barbara Ann Barbee Thompson; two grandchildren; and six grandsons. She is also survived by her sister, Lucile Read Redus of Lubbock. She was preceded in death by her older sister, Hope Read Austin. Bobbie had a long and full life. She grew up in Lubbock, a time filled with wonderful memories. She wrote later of these years with much thanksgiving - for her loving parents, her wonderful sisters who were also her dear friends, her piano teacher and the encouragement and opportunities in music, great friends, good schools, her church, and so much more. She was May Queen at Lubbock High School, a highlight. She attended Texas Tech, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, leaving school when she married Asher. Bobbie's first love was music. She had studied voice and piano at North Texas State Teachers College before she married, and then returned to Texas Tech later for more voice and music studies. She played the piano and sang her whole life -as long as she was able. She sang at the First Presbyterian Church for over 70 years. She was a member of the Lubbock Music Club. She sang for many different events, including twice with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Bobbie's other great loves were to pray, write poetry, and encourage others. As she wrote, The joy of the Lord is my strength. For many years, she provided a home and much love for Chinese exchange students, and continued to include them in her family for the years that followed. Bobbie's innumerable friends bear testimony to her love for others and for her desire to bring joy to their lives. She ended one of her writings by saying, My God, behold me, wholly Thine; Lord, make me according to Thy heart. Bobbie, as did Asher before her, donated her body to the University Health Science Center. The family offers special thanks to Maryjane Kesler and her staff at The Cottages in Round Rock, Texas, for the wonderful care they provided for Bobbie in her last months on this earth. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Lubbock on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 17, 2013