Thursday, May 28, 2009

Roberta A. Bowman Hart, 1928-2008

The Hutchinson News [KS] - 30 April 2008
  LIBERAL -- Roberta A. "Bobbie" Hart, 80, died Sunday, April 27, 2008 at Palm Bay Memorial Hospital in Palm Bay, Fla., after a lengthy illness. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Bobbie was also a beautiful, gracious lovely lady and a friend to many. She never met a stranger! She was born March 31, 1928 in Seymour, Iowa to Orville and Wilma (Buck) Bowman. She was raised by her mother Wilma and her grandmother Isabell Murphy Buck and many loving aunts and uncles in the area. At seven, she was blessed when her mother, Wilma, married Wade "Sug" Wright who became her loving and caring dad. When she was 17, she was thrilled when her little brother, John, was born. She became "Sissy Bob" to John. Bobbie was an honor student and a star basketball player. She was always disappointed that the team came up short the year she was a Senior and didn't win the Iowa State Basketball Tournament. They won the next year but without her. She graduated from Seymour High School in Seymour, Iowa in 1946. 
  She married Jack L. Hart on Nov. 10, 1946 in Seymour, Iowa. They lived in Seymour and owned and operated Hart Oil and Implement Col until 1964 and had three children. In 1963, they started Hart Oil Company, when they purchased a Gulf Oil business in Columbia, Mo. and moved there in 1964. Later, they started Hart Motels Inc. and Hart Land and Cattle Company. They owned several motels and ranching operations over the next 40 years. They purchased the Holiday Inn, now the Liberal Inn in Liberal, in 1972 and moved to Liberal in 1980. They sold the business in 2003 and retired. Jack preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 2005. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Seymour, Iowa; the Aurora Club and the Elks Club in Liberal.
  Survivors include: one daughter Pam McElvain and her husband Kenny of Liberal; two sons David Hart and wife Nancy Liberal, and Brian Hart and fiancee Lorie Sephens of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.; brother John Wright and wife Evelyn Waukee, Iowa; seven grandchildren   that she was so proud of; Brad McElvain and wife Stacy; Christi Nowak and husband John; Jack and Andrea Hart, Bailey, Ian and Mackenzie Hart; two great grandchildren that she loved to spoil, Elliott and Alex McElvain. She only needed more time to spoil them better. Sister-in-laws, Ferne Hart Norris of Grinnell, Iowa and Ruby Hart Fry and husband Bob of Bartow, Fla., and brother-in-law Ron Hart and wife Gloria of Muscatine, Iowa. She also leaves her adopted in love brother Danny Jones and wife Nancy of San Diego, and very special cousins Virginia Warren, Tucson, Ariz., Carol Ulrey and Betty Mabee of San Diego.
  She is preceded in death by her parents Wilma and Wade "Sug" Wright and one daughter-in-law, Jeanine Hart. Also her loving Aunts and Uncles, Hubert "Simon" & Esther Buck, Paul and Lucille Buck, Sister-in-law Carol Hart and her in-Laws, Pearl and Mamie Hart, adopted in love brother Bob Thomas plus many loving great aunts, uncles and cousins from the Seymour, Iowa area.
  Funeral Service will be held at Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour, Iowa on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm with burial immediately after at Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour. Services will be performed by Pastor Nancy Prall of the Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville, Iowa. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 3 pm at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home in Liberal, with Reverend Dr. Jack Russell from First Christian Church presiding. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., in care of ether funeral home or Bobbie's daughter Pam McElvain, 2480 Lilac Drive, Liberal, KS 67901 ... Email condolences may be sent to

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