On December 22, 2016 our hearts were made sad when the death angel visited the home of Henry H. "Jack" Grandstaff and claimed his dear wife Bobbie. She we know is resting in heaven for she made a sweet talk that God was taking her home. She said she was prepared to go, only she hated to leave her dear husband and daughter Kitty Jean and son Bruce Alan. She was never heard to complain of her illness. She will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Bobbie Jean Grandstaff, 84, fought a valiant battle with leukemia and lymphoma. Her firm belief in God and her devotion to her family supported her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Bobbie worked hard all her life. She worked as a waitress at various places in Muskogee, Oklahoma, California and Salina, KS. In the 1960's Bobbie and Jack bought a Drug Store complete with soda fountain, across street from the train station in Salina, Kansas. The family operated the store until the railroads discontinued passenger service. Bobbie passed the Kansas Realtor Associate Examination and began her Real Estate Sales career with the Lisman agency before she and Jack opened their own firm; Grandstaff Agency where she was often the highest sales producer. At that time Jack also formed a building company, building homes and apartments in Salina. Mom would often be seen sitting on the porch of a home being built reading her Bible with a "Open House" sign the yard. I can't recall a home completed before a sold sign went up. Throughout all, the family operated an apartment rental business which is still thriving today. Bobbie lead the family in "MAKE READYS" when residents moved out, leasing, painting and repairing the worst messes imaginable. Her pay upon completion was a Frosty mug of root beer from A and W Root Beer, and a huge amount of self-satisfaction.
Bobbie not only taught her family how to work hard, but to play hard as well. She loved to fish and seemed to catch the first, biggest and the most. She and Jack were avid tennis players and played far and wide. They enjoyed the best double matches with their friends Warren and Margaret. They also square danced and round danced and were members of the "Salina Twirlers."
Most of all Bobbie was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the church. She worked tirelessly in Christian Women's Fellowship at First Christian Church in Salina Kansas and Athens Texas. She held numerous officer positions within the church. She said she could never say "no", because she felt like that was saying "no" to Jesus.
Upon retirement they bought a lake house on Milford Lake in Kansas where they became experts at Catfishing. The couple then moved to Cedar Creek Lake in Texas, to be closer to family. Moving into the Golf Course community of Star Harbor. They soon picked up clubs and started hitting the ball, and eventually they played in weekly golf scrambles and numerous tournaments.
Bobbie was born to the late J.W Freeman and Ara Mae Ramsey on November 14, 1932. She married the love of her life Jack Grandstaff on May 2, 1947. They would have celebrated their 70-year anniversary on May 2, 2017.
Bobbie was proceeded in death by her mother, Ara Mae, her father J.W. Freeman; her step-mother Velma Freeman; her sisters, Billie Irons and Catherine Lang, and her brothers, Johnny Freeman, and Jessie Freeman.
Survivors include her husband Henry H. "Jack" Grandstaff; daughter Kitty Jean Grandstaff; son, Bruce Alan Grandstaff; sister Peggy Ruel, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 28, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM at First Christian Church of Athens.
Burial will be on Friday December 30, 2016 at 2:00PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee OK. 7600 Old Taft Rd. Muskogee OK 74401.
If you would like to light a candle or leave a message of condolence for the family, you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com
Published on December 27, 2016