Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Dubuque
(nee Daley) fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, peacefully at the age of 96, Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
Beloved wife of the late Raymond A. Dubuque, Jr., dear mother of Raymond A. III ‘Ray’, John (Kathy), Mary Desloge, Joseph ‘Joe’ (Sandy), and Celeste (Ed) Sprung, dear sister of the late Bud (the late Evelyn) Daley and the late Pat (the late Jack) Moran, dear grandmother of 10, dear great-grandmother of 16, dear aunt, cousin, and friend.
Bobbie had quite an interesting life. She was born and grew up in Boston. When she was in college at Manhattanville, she went on a blind date arranged by her sister and met our father (the love of her life), an Army Captain on military leave. The night that they met, Ray told Bobbie that he would be coming back from WWII and marrying her. True to his word, they were married in November of 1945. She did not know anyone here, so she had to build a new life. They started their family at #1 West Geyer Lane. After our grandparents died in 1965, we moved to Litzsinger Road. Bobbie’s love of cooking was evidenced by the fact that we had an “experiment” once a week. The family will never forget all of our beloved dogs. Many Christmas Eves were spent caroling with our Litzsinger neighbors. Finding herself widowed at age 49, Bobbie started a working career at Saks Fifth Avenue which lasted for many years. Travelling was always an important part of Bobbie’s life, from her honeymoon in Mexico to vacations with the Moran and Daley families. Another highlight for Bobbie was our girls’ trips to Sanibel. After an extensive rehab project at Litzsinger, Bobbie moved to condo living in Chesterfield. Bobbie’s life centered on her strong Catholic faith, along with spending time with family and friends. She was an avid gardener and water color artist; her painted birthday cards were always full of hearts. Family gatherings on birthdays and holidays gave our mother the ability to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. She never lost her love of lifelong learning or her sense of humor. She was an avid reader and loved the outdoors, visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden at every opportunity. Her favorite expression was “making do”. Bobbie’s resilience was evidenced by getting braces mid-life due to a car accident, getting a new knee at age 82 and surviving breast cancer at age 92. Her Irish spirit and her joie de vivre will forever serve as our family’s inspiration!
Services: Due to the pandemic, a private funeral Mass was held. Bobbie donated her body to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a charity of your choice is appreciated.