On Sunday, March 1, Barbara Louise Senior, known to her friends as “Bobbe,” passed away in her home in Nevada City. She was 88.
Born in San Francisco in 1926, her birth mother loved her so much that she gave her up for adoption to a wonderful Christian couple who lived in Berkeley, California.
Bobbe grew up an only child, with her loving parents Martin and Esther Boyd. Music was her gift and she took lessons in piano, mandolin and voice.
In 1945, she married a handsome sailor in the U.S. Navy, William Senior, and together they raised two beautiful daughters in San Mateo, California.
Bobbe and her family joined the First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, where she shared her love of Jesus by ministering through her musical gifts.
She started a children’s choral program, instituted a handbell program, and sang in the adult choir. Bobbe taught private piano lessons at home, and worked part time in the fabric department at Macy’s department store. Somehow, she also found time to sew and quilt.
By 1970, both daughters had married, and she and Billy were blessed with two grandchildren that they helped raise.
Through the devastating onset of Multiple Sclerosis in the mid 1970s, and the unexpected loss of her eldest daughter, Bobbe held tightly to her relationship with Jesus, and He faithfully walked beside her.
She passed her love of music on to her family as well as many others she planted seeds in. She had so much music in her heart from the Lord and she sang with her family for as long as she could. Often during family bluegrass gospel jam sessions, she would join banjos and guitars, accompanying the group on the piano.
In 2003, Bobbe and Billy moved to Nevada City to be next door to their daughter. Sierra Presbyterian became their church home, and they attended as often as they were able. Bobbe’s love for music continues on through her grandchildren.
She joins in heaven her husband, Billy, and daughter, Kathleen.
She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Linda Steel (Jonathan); Buddy Walker; grandchildren, Gordon, Rebecca, Sarah, Melissa, Jennifer and Heather; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, whom she held very dear; as well as Carol, a very special caregiver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Sat., March 28 at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.
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