Bobbie Bernice McElroy was born to Isbell Thomas and Clarence McElroy on January 22, 1937 in Brandon, Mississippi. She graduated from Carter High School in Brandon, Mississippi. She furthered her education and attended nursing school. In 1968 Bobbie along with her children relocated to San Diego, California, where she received her L.V.N. license. After one year in San Diego, she was able to purchase her own home. She worked hard to give her children a great life and wanted to make sure they had a place to call home.
Bobbie grew up in the church. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Mississippi. In San Diego, California she united with Bayview Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of the late Dr. Timothy Winters. For many years at Bayview, she was on the nurse committee.
In her prime she was an out-standing cook. She was known for many dishes, however her sweet potato pies and fried chicken were what all the neighborhood kids wanted. They would come over to get a slice of Granny’s pie and a piece of chicken and all they could say was “This is So GOOD, Thanks Granny”. She even taught her own children to cook.
Giving and caring for people was the hall mark of her life. She was also blessed with a kind, loving and a warm personality, greeting everyone with a smile. Bobbie continued her giving by faithfully working as an L.V.N. for more than twenty years and also working in private duty nursing care.
Preceding her in death, her mother Isbell Thomas; her father Clarence McElroy; her sister, Misha McElroy and her brother, Benny Michel.
Bobbie went home to be with the Lord on October 23, 2020 and she is survived by her children: Kenneth McElroy and his wife Carol of Lonoke, AR, Dale Wayne, Robert “Nick” McElroy, John Pettigrew, Barbara Reid, Tressia Newten all of San Diego, California; sister, Patricia McElroy; nephew, Patrick; sister, Vernell; brothers, Marvin and Charles all of Oakland, California; 12 grandchildren, Latrell, Lamont, Kamal, Dale Jr., DeAndre, Shanita, Shakira, Tashanda, Patrice, Kekee, Tynisha; 13 great grandchildren; two God Daughters, Karen Butler and Mary Mobley; 2 God sons, Richard Blackman and Edward Butler; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members. Bobbie had a special relationship with her niece Lou. They would talk about anything regarding life. Lou understood what our mother wanted to say in so many ways and she loved. Mary was the one she could call and ask for anything from the navy exchange or commissary and get tax free, and they would just laugh together and smile at each other. Her cousin, sister and aunt Minnie were the life of the party because they grew up together from Mississippi to San Diego, California. The bond they shared left them no choice but to keep the line of communication open always talking about their children and family. Bobbie loved the Lord, and we loved her. She will be missed so much! “Take Care Mama” until we see you again.
“Rest Easy Mama and Job Well Done”
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