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In memoriam: Bobbie Vandegriff was social justice champion

Bobbie Vandegriff

Lifetime Member Roberta “Bobbie” C. Vandegriff, 78, of Tucson, Ariz., died May 21. Roberta was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 8, 1942. She attended public schools in L.A. County before going to La Verne College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1964 and a master’s degree in teaching science in 1976. From college, she went into teaching physical education for 17 years and then became a financial planner, specializing in annuities. After 14 years in her annuity business, she moved to Tucson and retired from the corporate world to pursue her true passions. During last 27 years, she was a champion for social justice, equality for all genders and stewardship of the environment. 

When remembering Bobbie, family and friends say she was a special person who was always positive, cheerful and shined light into their lives.

She is survived her husband, Don; daughter, Cathy and granddaughter, Lauren and grandson-in-law, Will. She is also survived by sister, Nancy and close cousins, Terry, Lynn and Linda.