Roberta Kathryn (Bobbie) Gaba, 89, of Marshall, MO, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2009, at First Christian Church in Marshall, with Rev. Mike Brown and William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to Fitzgibbon Cancer Center or Friends of Arrow Rock c/o Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born October 25, 1919, in Saline County, MO, she was the daughter of the late Allen B. Soper and Sara Stafford Soper. She graduated from Orearville School, Slater High School and Missouri Valley College. On August 4, 1940, she married Woodrow (Woody) Gaba who preceded her in death on December 21, 2003. She was employed as a teacher in Marshall Public Schools. She was a member of First Christian Church where she was a deaconess emeritus and a member of the New Century Class. She was also a member of Monday Club and Friends of Arrow Rock.
Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Ensley and husband, Dusty, of Kansas City, MO, and Nancy Gaba of Independence, MO; one son, Greg Gaba and wife, Charlotte, of Marshall; two grandsons, Greg Gaba, Jr. and Jeremy Gaba and wife, Heather; four great-grandchildren, Zach, Madison, Fisher and Dalton Gaba; cousins, nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Winifred Soper.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathryn Gaba, one grandson, Dustin Gaba, and one brother, Allen Soper.
Mom was a teacher at heart, and she taught us to cherish what she held dear: good friends, a good education, The Good Book, a good rain on the corn crop, a good pot of navy beans and ham, a good crossword puzzle, and at the heart if it all, a good family.
She taught us how to live. And then, in the end, with faith and grace and a smile on her face, she taught us how to die.
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