Bobby Childers: January 22, 1939-January 24-2014

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Barbara Lawlor Peak to Peak

Last August, Roberta, “Bobby,” Childers was the Grand Marshal of the Nederland Old Timer’s Day Parade. She and her family were honored at the Old Timer’s picnic in Chipeta Park where Bobby sang and danced for the gathering, bringing back memories for many of the former Nederland residents.

She was happy, having the time of her life and members of her family are happy to have that memory. Bobby passed away on January 24 after a brief bout with cancer.

After growing up in Nederland where she was one of the town kids, she often worked at her father’s Piggly Wiggly store in Nederland, now Nature’s Own, where her friends would come in for after school treats. Bobby was a member of the Nederland High School Class of 1958.

When she was a child, Bobby loved to play in the outdoors. She knew every trail on every mountain and built a playhouse next to the creek leading into the reservoir. In the winter she and her friends skated on the pond near the Wolftongue Mill and Pactolus Lake. She grew up in the era between the miners and hippies.

When Bobby was in sixth grade the family moved to California where she met her husband in 1958. They had three children: Barry, Marcy and Jeanine. The family moved, living in Missouri, Arizona and then back to Boulder where, in 1963, Bobby went to work for the Daily Camera. She then attended Votech where she learned computers and became the manager of the Memories, Births, Obituaries and faxes.

After 18 years of working at the Camera, she retired in 2001. She volunteered for the Boulder Humane Society. She was an avid reader, a dedicated swimmer and enjoyed gambling for fun. She served in a leadership role in the housing complex where she lived.

She will be remembered as a vibrant, fun-loving, caring person who will be missed by her family and community.

Survivors include her son, Barry B. Coble of Virginia; two daughters, Marcy L. Coble of Oregon and Jeanine Tweed of North Dakota; her grandchildren, Misha and Piper Coble, Emmy and Erin Tweed, and Tala Darr; her nieces and nephew Jeannie Walton of Rhode Island, and Nancy and Jack Walton of British Columbia, Canada, and her grand-nieces and nephews, Justine and Casey Wiklo, and Sophie and Sam Walton. She was also survived by her cousin Louise Mann Tolle. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Susan Childers Walton.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue, on Friday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m.


Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.

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