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Babette Jean Peyser

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August 24, 1932 - October 2, 2015 Babette "Bobbie" Peyser, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home with her husband and family by her side on October 2, 2015 in Santa Monica after a brief illness. The daughter of Harold and Esther Wolff, Bobbie was born in Walnut Creek, California and later moved to Freehold, New Jersey after marrying her first husband Bernard Wagner. In Freehold she volunteered for the Jewish War Veterans and she and Bernard were founding members of Temple Shaari Emeth. This was the beginning of Bobbie's lifelong commitment to helping others. Bobbie relocated to Santa Monica with her two children, Wendy and Warren, after her divorce in 1972. Her determination and independence led her to a career in the fashion industry. She met Arthur Peyser, fell in love, and married him in 1975 and they have lived in Santa Monica ever since. United by their mutual love of wilderness hiking, Bobbie and Art were Sierra Club trip leaders and for many years guided groups of people over most of the Sierra Nevada. Bobbie left the fashion industry to pursue an AA degree and became a teacher of learning disabled children at Paul Revere Junior High. Bobbie and Art found Jewish Marriage Encounter to be an especially meaningful community, and they participated actively in it for many years. Temple Akiba in Culver City is their spiritual home. Bobbie loved to sing, and joyfully added her voice to the choir for many years. She also loved travel, and their sense of adventure took Bobbie and Art all over the world. Her intrepid nature enabled her to run a marathon at age 60 as well as sustain a yoga practice until very recently - something she did for over 25 years. Bobbie Peyser was a woman of valor. Her light is eternal. She survived great misfortune with dignity and grace. Her love, humor, bravery, generosity, and all-around goddess qualities will live on in our hearts. She will be greatly missed and always remembered. Bobbie is survived by her husband, Arthur Peyser, her son Warren Wagner, daughter-in-law Blue McRight, sister Billie Wolff Clinton, brother-in-law Martin Clinton, brother Barak Wolff, sister-in-law Leah Popp, stepdaughters Mara Johnson, Meryl Schlichter, Sue Nance, and Sonia Bodick and their husbands, and grandchildren Lauren Johnson, Josh Schlichter, and Amy Bodick.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2015
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