Roberta "Bobbie" R Easterling

October 31, 1946October 23, 2012

Roberta Rae (Parker) Easterling, 65, passed away from cancer Oct. 23 at home in Centerville. Bobbie will be remembered for her commitment to friends and family, her humor and spirit of creativity. Bobbie was born to Morrison and Beryl Parker Oct. 31, 1946, in Washington, D.C. Her father's military career took them across the world, including Japan, Germany and Guam, before they settled in San Antonio when Bobbie was a teenager. As an adult with her own family, Bobbie made loving homes as they moved around the East Coast and Midwest before settling in Centerville in 1992. Bobbie earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Her career included teaching college-level English and grant writing, including many years for Sinclair Community College in Dayton. She retired in 2012 from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, where since 2000 she had written grants and served in other roles, including assistant to the president. Bobbie secured various grants for the museum, helping the Boonshoft bring in many exhibits she herself loved to experience and visit. Bobbie had a quick sense of humor, particularly when it came to puns and wordplay. She loved reading, writing poetry, painting, cooking and filling her home with friends and family. Her imagination was a true gift to those who knew her. She was a dedicated mother to her daughters and was devoted to the Easterlings' many pets. Bobbie is survived by daughter Thea Easterling and Thea's boyfriend, Chris Gooley, of Centerville; daughter Camden (Bryan) Swindell of Livingston, Mont.; her mother, Beryl Parker, of San Antonio, Texas; brother Richard Parker of San Antonio; sister Vicki (David) Wright, of Austin, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Morrison Parker. In lieu of flowers, Bobbie requested donations be sent to Dr. Joyce O'Shaughnessy via the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. To donate, go to; click on donate, then choose "Other" as the fund designation, then type in Joyce O'Shaughnessy Breast Cancer Research Fund. Or, mail donations to: Mary Crowley Research Foundation, Attn: Ellen Dearman, 1700 Pacific Ave, Suite 1100, Dallas TX 75201 with donations designated to the Joyce O'Shaughnessy, MD Breast Cancer Research Fund. A celebration of Bobbie's life will be held at Tobias Funeral Home on Far Hills Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Please join the family in remembering Bobbie with a service followed by a visitation at Tobias. on line condolences may be sent to


  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 1, 2012

Roberta "Bobbie" R Easterling

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Sandy Merrill

November 19, 2012

Rest in peace, dear Bobbie. You topped my personal list of VIPs, friends, cheerleaders & punsters at a pivotal time in my life, and I thank you. My love & prayers to Thea, Cam & family.

Jean Calhoun

October 29, 2012

Bobbie will be missed by the staff members and her friends at Boonshoft.

Drew Davis

October 29, 2012

I didn't know Bobbie for very long, but for the time I did know her she touched my life in a special way nobody else could.

Lois Grossman

October 29, 2012

Bobbie's kindness, friendship, and generous spirit is one of my life's great treasures. We laughed together, even when the miles separated us. She'll be happy when I save more scallops on Cape Cod in her memory. How honored I am to call her my dear friend. Love to Thea & Cam during this difficult time--your Mom raised exceptional women & she is so proud of you both.

Doug Easterling

October 28, 2012

When someone you loved becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

October 26, 2012

So very sad to learn of Bobbi's death. I have many fond memories of the Easterling family in Minnesota. Bobbi was a wonderful mother to you girls. Hugs for both of you.

Donnette Lowe

October 26, 2012

Sending my warmest thoughts as you mourn the passing of your mother, daughter, sister, friend. Bobbie was the best part of any group, and I feel so blessed to have called her 'friend'. I hope that you can find comfort in the memories of Bobbie's beautiful soul.

Ann Mckenzie

October 26, 2012

Let all the wonderful memories lighten your hearts at this time when all seems to be lost.Her wit,sense of humor and generosity were part of a lovely lady.

Debbi Pummell

October 25, 2012

You are all in my heart and prayers. May the love, light and laughter that was Bobbie and so appreciated by all that knew her, lift you all in this time of sadness and know that she lives in all our hearts.

Pat Behn

October 25, 2012

Thinking of all of you in this most difficult time as you mourn the passing of your beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister and most cherished friend. May it somehow help to know that your loss touches so many hearts.
In Loving Memory of Bobbie.....