Bobbie was born in Phoenix, Arizona. As a girl, she lived for some time on her family’s homestead land near Payson, Arizona, which was a major inspiration for her life. During this time she fell in love with the beauty of the natural world, and this enthusiasm nourished her spirit and infused her artwork.
She met her husband-to-be, Tony, when he was stationed in Arizona in army service during WWII. After discharge, they married in 1946, and both attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. Bobbie and Tony moved to New York and both worked as commercial artists, where their two sons were born.
In 1955 they moved to Marin County, California, where they lived, raised their family, and worked collaboratively in both commercial art and then fine art. In 1980, they moved to Lopez Island. Bobbie became known for her exquisite wildflower portraits, both while in Marin, and on Lopez.
Over the last 12 or so years she lived in the world with Alzheimers. For most of this chapter of her life she was able to reside in her Lopez home, with the assistance of an amazing team of caregivers from our community. For the past two years she has resided at Harmony House Adult Family Home, in Sedro Wooley, which specializes in dementia care, and is also served by incredibly sweet and competent caregivers.
Bobbie is survived by sons Steven Wrubleski and Gary Williams, grandson Tahoma Wrubleski, and much extended family…..and Kitkat.
In respect for Bobbie’s love of the natural world, her final resting place is a beautiful oak and ponderosa pine forest in eastern Washington, looking over the Columbia gorge. To learn more about natural burial go to herlandforest.org.
In December 2019 Bobbie’s paintings were shown in the Lopez Library as a way of celebrating her sweet, playful, creative spirit. Bobbie was well loved and will be missed.