Phyllis Jean Bobb passed away Sunday evening, July 2, 2023, at HavenCare Home in Albuquerque. Born Phyllis Jean Heath on Sunday, February 17, 1935 in Bernalillo, NM, she was the youngest of four children born to Ed and Lula Heath. She joined brother Ed Heath Jr, sister Cora Bell, and sister Edna. Aside from Bernailillo, the family lived in various locations in and around the Jemez Mountains. Her daddy was a logging man and they went where the timber was. She had from varying accounts between 84-96 first cousins which made for many happy times in them there mountains. She met Dale the eventual love of her life while attending the "Brothers and Sisters" schools in Bernalillo before both went on to Bernalillo High School. After H.S she attended Durhams business college in Albuquerque and upon graduation began working at Oden's Chevrolet in town. She and Dale went together 4 years before marrying on Friday evening March 9, 1956 at the Trinity Methodist Church in Albuquerque. They bought their first home in the North Valley and lived there several years as they built the family home next door. They welcomed sons Kevin in 1959, Jubal in 1961, and Heath in 1967. After the birth of Kevin she quit work and would not go back until 1984. Her full time job was being a wife, mother, cook, housekeeper, chauffer, and a million other things. They were long time square dancers (Los Paisanos and Roadrunner clubs). She was involved in school PTA, Den Mother for Cub Scouts, kept score at hundreds of Little League games at NVLL, and supported the kids in any and all activities they chose. Long time members of the N.M. Trials Association she got a late start in the sport. She however made up for it with many State Championships in the WOW class. She became the first female President of the club and rode competitively into her 60's. She was officially dubbed, "Trials Mom" in 1995 as she was awarded a "Lifetime Achievement" award. After returning to work in '84 and working APS cafeterias for 2 years she decided she could do more. This entailed classes to become a certified cafeteria Manager. She continued on in this capacity for another 10 years before retiring in 1997. In retirement she and Dale began traveling in their RV and made many new friends in the Excel Club. They also renewed many long time friendships with cruises in Alaska and trips to Hawaii.
They discovered Sagebrush Church and were regulars there until Dale's passing in 2018. I need to squeeze this in as one of her favorite things was being a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren with all her heart as she did her entire family. Preceded in death by her husband, Dale; parents Ed and Lula; in-laws Harold and Floy; brother Ed Jr; sisters, Cora Bell and husband Ray; Edna and husband Melvin; sister-in-law Betty and husband Manuel; and daughter in-law Margaret. Surviving her are son Kevin and wife Cindy; with grandson Spencer; son Jubal and wife Francisca; grandsons, Quinton and Cameron and their mother, Susan; and son Heath and granddaughter, Esperanza. Additionally 16 nieces and nephews and their respective families survive her. Everyone was family to Jean Bobb whether by blood or not. Mom we will miss you but never forget you. Thank you for EVERYTHING!!!!
A Viewing will be held on Friday, July 21, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Funeral Service on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at 11:00 at FRENCH-University. Interment will follow the Service at Sandia Memory Gardens, 9500 San Pedro NE. A celebratory meal will follow at PHUMC, 4700 Paradise Blvd NW 87114. A Celebration will also be held at the next Heath Reunion in 2024. The service will be live streamed through a link on mom's obituary on French's website (www.frenchfunerals.com).
Friday, July 21, 2023
6:00 - 8:00pm (Mountain time)
Saturday, July 22, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)