Bobba's Story

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Bobba Lynn Harper, age 90, passed from this world Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at her home in Norman, surrounded by her loving family.
Bobba was born December 17, 1926 in Norman, Ok to E.C. Lynn and Beulah E (Paulk) Lynn. She talked of walking to school with her older sister, Betty, and how Betty had to make sure she safely crossed the street. Bobba would walk slowly to make Betty wait at each corner until Bobba got there. You can tell who was in control.
Bobba attended school in Norman graduating from Norman High in 1944 and attending the University of Oklahoma for 1 year.
While working at the North Base Naval Station, she met her husband, Donald E Harper. When Don finished his flight training in Pensacola, Fla, Bobba and her sister went to see him get his wings. Don said "Do you want to get engaged or married?" They married. Bobba and Don spent the next 16 years in work-related travel ending in Norman. Don died in an FAA plane crash in 1961 leaving Bobba to raise 4 young children. She did a good job creating four extremely independent adults.
Bobba met Ken Gastgeb in the 1980s. Until his death in 2014, they were constant companions - playing golf, bowling, taking cruises, dancing. Bobba loved to dance.
Bobba is survived by her four children, Lynn Harper of Norman, Cindy Harper(Steve Karas) of Sacramento, Ca, Brent Harper(Sue Vaughn) of Dallas, Tx, and Joan Harper Kammerlocher of Norman; three grandchildren Stephanie Hayes(Marcus), Andrea Peterson(Corey), Bart Harper(Amber); five great grandchildren: Kara, Kennedy, Sam, Hannah, and Reagan; cousins Virgil Paulk, Jerre Fox, and Margie Marshall; brother-in-law Chuck Libbert; sisters-in-law Nona Brinkman(Duane) and Jessie Benson(Mick); and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by long-time friend Betty Jackson.
Bobba was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Betty Libbert, her husband Don and her special companion Ken.
We want to thank Healthback Home Health and Crossroads Hospice for the care they gave Bobba in her last weeks. Memorial donations may be made to McFarlin United Methodist Church for their food pantry. We will have a celebration of Bobba's life 2:30 March 16th at Red Lobster in Norman where she and Ken ate almost every Thursday.
Published on February 22, 2017
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