Bobbye Jean Leonhardt McCarthy, 87, died Monday, July 14, 2014, in Shelbyville. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Shelbyville First Presbyterian Church where she had been active as a choir member and a pre-school Sunday School teacher for over 60 years. She was a 1944 graduate of the Louisville Girls High, a 1947 graduate from the University of Louisville with a B.S. degree in chemistry, and received a medical technology degree from St. Joseph's Infirmary in 1948. In 1952 she married William O. McCarthy. In 1959 the family moved to Shelbyville. She was a charter member of the Council for Retarded Children and Dorman Center. She also had served as the treasurer of the Dorman Center and had been a board member of the Kings Daughters Circle.
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She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Henry and Lillian Leonhardt; and her husband, William Ormsby McCarthy. She is survived by her sons, Michael Ormsby McCarthy of New Castle and Jeff McCarthy (Leslie) of Shelbyville; daughter, Kim McCarthy of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren, Jason McCarthy (Lydia) of Shelbyville and Brent McCarthy of Delray Beach, FL; brother, Larry Leonhardt of King George, VA; nephew, Randy Gramling of Shelbyville; other wonderful nieces and nephews; and all her loving caregivers at Crescent Place.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jay Hodge officiating. The family will receive guests from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church and there will be a reception at the church following the memorial service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Cedar Lake Foundation Attention: Martha Bennett, 9505 Williamsburg Plaza Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40222. Shannon Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Shannon Funeral Home
1124 West Main St. Shelbyville, KY 40066
Published in The Sentinel-News from July 15 to July 22, 2014