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Mary "Bobbie" Hartsock


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Mary "Bobbie" Hartsock Obituary
Mary (Bobbie) Hartsock

AGE: 89 • Claymont

"Bobbie", peacefully went home to be with the Lord on January 3rd, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones. Bobbie was born in Welsh, West Virginia on April 9th, 1927. Daughter of the late Robert Rose Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Cook. In June of this year, Bobbie would have been married 70 years to husband Robert Curtis Hartsock.

She graduated from Radford High school, received her bachelors degree from Lynchburg College and Mastors degree from Radford College in Virginia. In her early years she was on the Interracial Communications Council in Pulaski, VA. A board member, girls director and business manager at the Easter Seals in New Castle, VA. Bobbie was a teacher of special education in Athens West, Virginia. An English, physical education, and drivers education teacher, as well as guidance counselor at Dublin and Pulaski High Schools in Virginia. During her tenure at Project Helping Hand, in Radford and Dublin, VA, she was a resource specialist, social worker and educational consultant. In 1971 her family moved to Delaware where she became a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and later became Deputy Director of Professional Services with the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She continued her work with the state of DE Health and Social Services until her retirement in 1990.

Bobbie loved flowers, her church, ALL people, and most of all her family. She leaves behind her husband Robert Curtis Hartsock, son Bill Hartsock, daughter Emmy Hartsock, grandchildren Tika, Chelsey, and Todd, and great grandchildren Milan, Nasir, and Saige. She was a devoted caregiver to son Todd, who predeceased her in 1991. She never missed a ball game or concert of her grandchildren's and in her last years, her heart was brought much joy from her great-grandchildren.

Her later years were rough as this highly intelligent woman, who would have given the last thing that she owned to anyone, was robbed herself by Dementia. While her last months at home were sometimes difficult to watch, they were still filled with an outpouring of hugs, kisses, and love from her.

In lieu of flowers we suggest donations be made in Bobbie's name to the church she loved so much, St. Paul's UMC, 1314 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803. A memorial in her honor will be held February 4th, 2017 at St. Paul's UMC starting at 3pm.
Published in The News Journal on Jan. 30, 2017
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