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WILSON, Roberta B. (Hutson)

Monday, March 12, 2012

 

Roberta Boone (Hutson) "Bobbie" Wilson died on March 12, 2012, at the age of 81 after suffering a stroke. She was in Tucson, Ariz., with her husband of 61 years at her side. Bobbie was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in Hobart, Okla., the daughter of Kathryn (Boon) Hutson and Percy Hutson. After graduating from Chickasha High School, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha for two years, leaving to work for the local newspaper.

 

She married her high-school sweetheart, James Allison Wilson (Jim) of Chickasha, Okla., on Oct. 12, 1950. After Jim graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., they moved to Irving, Texas, where Jim worked for several years at Collins Radio. Bobbie's first child, Cathryn Zella ("Cathy"), was born in 1954; another child, James Allison Jr. ("Jim"), followed in 1955. Bobbie always told the story when she was pregnant with Jim, she temporarily moved back to live with her in-laws in Oklahoma so that her baby would be born on the "right side of the Red River."

 

Bobbie, Jim and their young family decided to follow family members to the growing community of Phoenix, Ariz., in 1958. An opportunity for Jim to work with a new avionics company in Prescott, Ariz., led to their move there in 1962, where they lived for the next 35 years. An early retirement for Jim, a desire to travel and to visit their son in Portland took them to the Oregon coast, where they fell in love with the small community of Yachats and built their "dream home" on the ocean shoreline.

 

Bobbie is survived by her husband and sweetheart of 65-plus years, Jim; their daughter Cathy Wilson; their son Jim Wilson (Gretchen); their grandchildren Nicholas Morgan, Caitlin Morgan, Nathaniel Wilson and Janine Wilson; their great-grandson Kaiden Morgan; and her brother Richard Hutson. She was preceded in death by her brothers David and Larry Hutson; her mother Kathryn Hutson; and her father Percy Hutson.

 

Bobbie was a smart woman who wanted to be a doctor in the days when becoming a doctor wasn't something girls did. She loved being a mother and grandmother, and over the years became a second mother and grandmother to her children's and her grandchildren's friends. She was active in her church and was a Girl Scout troop leader; she was always interested and involved in her children's activities, in and out of school. An early believer in women's rights (although she'd never call herself a feminist), she was passionate about education. She became involved in P.E.O., a women's philanthropic, educational organization, and stayed active the rest of her life. A lifelong reader, she passed along that passion to her children; an early memory her daughter has involves a visit to the Prescott Public Library, when Bobbie sent 11-year-old Cathy down to the children's section to look for "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." A very old-fashioned, shocked librarian told Cathy that "those" kind of books were for adults only and definitely not in the children's section. A furious Bobbie marched downstairs and told the librarian that those were perfectly good books and that her daughter was going to read them, thank you very much.

 

In later years, Bobbie and Jim made many trips in their RV, visiting friends and family across the country. In 2011, they decided to settle in Tucson, Ariz., for at least part of the year, so that they could be closer to family and to good medical facilities. Bobbie was a loving and caring woman, and leaves behind a multitude of friends of all ages. She will be sorely missed.

 

No services are planned. Information provided by survivors.