October 13, 1930 – June 17, 2020
Bobbie Shipman-Petty-Males was born on October 13, 1930, in Glen Rose, Texas, and went home to meet the Lord on June 17, 2020, in Mesquite, Texas, at the age of 89.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband Emmett A Males, her parents Allen Augustus “Gus” and Mamie Shipman; brothers Joe and Jack and Allen Shipman; and sisters Hazel Shipman, Ruby Spangenberg, Inez Seal and Nell Roebuck.
She is survived by her Sister, Gusteen Jenkins/Trimble; loving son Larry Petty and his wife Linda Petty; stepson Mike Males and his wife Shannon; stepdaughter Camille Young and her husband Stan; stepdaughter Cindy Chehardy and her husband Rene’; and grandchildren: Loren, Wesley, Britney Leigh, Matt, Rachael Elizabeth, Silas, and great grandchildren Piper and Ty. And many wonderful nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews and great, great, great… A wonderful, Great big family!
Bobbie, as told by Larry Petty: Mother always told me she had her first bath in a dinosaur footprint...and I believed her! After all she grew up near what is now Dinosaur Valley State Park. One summer Mother moved to Corpus Christi, where she lived with Aunt Inez, sold cotton candy and worked in a drug store soda fountain. She moved to Dallas around 1950 to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co .She worked first as a telephone operator and then as a technician and continued working for 38 years. She moved to Houston in 1975 while working for the telephone company, where she met Emmett A. Males. They were married and lived in Houston for several years. She and Emmett were members of, and held several different offices in the Telephone Pioneers of America. They moved back to Dallas in the late 70’s and continued working for years while having a great time. They both retired from the phone company and the real fun began. They plunged themselves into a variety of activities. They owned an antique business called BJ's Antiques.
After they moved to Pecan Plantation in Granbury, they were involved in the Granbury Opera House taking on a variety of jobs and holding many different positions there, including running the gift shop or whatever else needed doing. There were several years they both worked with the Telephone Pioneers at the State Fair of Texas, selling tickets and counting money.
They bought an "extra get-a-way place" in Leander Texas and loved to go there to spend time with her nephew Nelson Shipman and his family. They later sold that property and bought another get-away in Heber Springs Arkansas. They had friends there and loved going there.
Mother loved to cook and had an extensive library of cookbooks. She loved to sew and quilt. She belonged to several quilting guilds and sewing circles. She belonged to the Granbury Opera Guild and numerous other clubs. We always joked and said that any bruises on her arms were because every time anybody asked for volunteers, as she was raising her arm, Emmett would push it back down. If there was a group gathered to help people in some way, Bobbie was a part of it.
After a number of years in Granbury they moved to Mesquite on Beverly Hills Drive. From there they moved into Christian Care Center where they continued to live and play. There was a group there that met in the lobby most nights at 10:00 p.m. to visit, tell stories, and laugh. I named them the Night Crawlers and they were quite the "social group".
Bobbie and Emmett had a wonderful time together. I was so thrilled that they had an amazing life together. They worked hard all of their lives and then had many years of running together, where and when they wanted - they played, they had fun and they loved each other very much. What else could anyone want?
Emmett passed away and mother eventually moved to Lakeland Hills Senior Living which was Independent Living, which she certainly did...Independently! She loved to get in her car and go & go & go--shopping or visiting friends or to church. When her health got to a point where she needed more help she moved to BRADFIELD PLACE where they took amazing care of her until she passed away.
Mother was loving, caring, helpful, friendly, smart, dedicated, strong willed, stubborn and funny, funny, funny. She was wonderful, The best.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.andersonclaytongonzalez.com for the Shipman-Petty-Males family.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020