Barbara "Bobbie" Clemons
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Barbara "Bobbie" Marion Kingston Clemons came into this world June 18, 1929 and left it September 20, 2012. She was a small woman who overcame obstacles and was an inspiration to many. The child of Canadian immigrants, Bobbie grew up in Springfield, MA. She met her husband of 67 years, Les Clemons, at the RKO Theater at the end of World War II. Bobbie traveled the nation as a Navy wife, moving her household 27 times in 32 years and having five children along the way. A resident of Pace since 1978, Bobbie was active as a Pace Band Booster and supported any activity her children or grandchildren were involved in. There was nothing more important to her then her family, and Bobbie gave selflessly to them. Her second greatest passion was for T.O.P.S., a national weight control organization. Bobbie served in every office for her local chapter and was often asked to lead workshops at regional conventions. She inspired countless members to reduce their weight and lead healthier lives. Bobbie's friends knew that she drank her coffee black, she collected elephants and her favorite color was purple. They may not have known that she was run over by a car, attacked by a dog and survived polio all by the age of nine. That she could knit, crochet, embroider, tat and sew. That she reupholstered her own furniture and had her own cake decorating business. That she could kill a rattle snake with one shot. Bobbie, a child of the Great Depression, learned how to adapt.
Bobbie is survived by her devoted husband Leslie Clemons ; sister, Janet (Ollie) Olson; her children Anne Norton, Marion and Bob Hubert, Bill and Linda Clemons, Ranse and Patti Clemons and Dawn and Mark Sfanos; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Finally, The Clemons Family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Juba at West Florida Hospital and to Covenant Hospice. During a time of great sorrow, you supported us and allowed us to let go of this amazing woman who had been the center of our lives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:30 at the Chapel on board Whiting Field. We invite friends to join us as we honor her memory.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 17, 2012