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"Bobby" FLOCK, 86, died July 19, 2008 at Howard County Hospital, following a brief illness. She was born May 3, 1922 in Osage, MO.; daughter of the late Phineu Rhoads and Myrtle Reed Rhoads and spent her childhood in Linn, MO. Bobby served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII from 1944 to 1948 and was a lifetime member of the Women Marines Association. She was a very active member of this group and, over the years held the offices of both President and Vice President of the Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Baltimore Chapters. She was also an active member of the local Marine Corps League of Howard County, MD. She graduated from Olgethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, in 1971 at the age of 49 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She worked for the Atlanta Court System for several years and was responsible for creating the first Volunteer Juvenile Probation Department in Atlanta. Later she obtained her real estate license and worked for 20 years until the age of 72 as an accomplished real estate agent. Bobby was an avid reader, a lover of history and always kept up with current events and politics. She was a world traveler, having traveled to most of the continents at least once, and returning to her favorite locations many times. She continued to travel around the country until the time of her death, her last trip being to Boston to celebrate her 86th birthday just two months before she died. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Kathleen, two husbands, Arthur N. Wilcox and Arthur E. Flock; two sisters, and two brothers. Survivors include her children, daughter-in-law and sons-in-law, Steve Wilcox and Stephanie Knopp of Philadelphia, PA, Katie and Joe Champion of Kings Mountain, NC, Jim Wilcox of Boston, Patricia and Stephan Segedy of Boston, and Maureen and Michael Lynch of Columbia, MD,; seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. Bobby was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, sister and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A full military service will be held 1 P.M. Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Oct. 1, 2008
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