Barbara “Bobbie” June Keen Spencer
1935 - 2020
Bobbie Spencer, 85, was born March 20, 1935, in Walker, LA. Her blood type was B+ and that was her mantra throughout her entire life. She spent her childhood and early adulthood in Denham Springs, graduating with honors from Denham Springs H.S. in May 1953. Throughout her life, she was a people person and always claimed she never met a stranger.
Bobbie enjoyed working as a teen at the old Leslie (Carol) Theater and later at Walgreens in downtown Baton Rouge. After graduating she worked as a secretary at LA State Police in Baton Rouge. Bobbie was a beautiful woman inside and out.
In 1957 Bobbie married Rawlin Spencer, a native of Neola, Utah. They lived in Denham Springs a few years before making their permanent home in Magna, Utah. The highways between Denham Springs and Magna were well-traveled through the years.
She loved music and dancing. She was gregarious and especially enjoyed babies, children, and young people. As a young married woman, she would host sock-hops in her home for her younger siblings and their friends.
She was a loving wife and wonderful mother to her children. She loved and encouraged them throughout their lives. Her eyes would light up and a beautiful smile would appear at the mention of their names. She equally adored her beautiful grandchildren and their children. She was a treasured Grandma & Great-Grandma. As quoted by great-grandson, Gabriel, we are all going to miss her voice.
Bobbie was a voracious reader. She was also a wonderful homemaker and marvelous cook. She provided childcare for numerous family members and friends. One season of her life, she also baked and delivered hundreds of loaves of homemade bread to family and friends. She also spent many summers participating on the Days of '47 Rodeo Committee.
Bobbie was a life-long active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving as Primary President, Sunday School teacher & other callings. She was devoted to Christ, and His service, her entire life.
During the past few years her husband and devoted daughters, with the help of her sons, lovingly cared for her. She passed away on Aug. 5, 2020 due to complications from septic shock. Bobbie is survived by her husband, Rawlin; sons, Gary and Darren Spencer; daughters, Lark Bachman (Brad) and Janelle Sadler (Ben); brothers, Richard Keen (Arlene) & Danny Keen (Judy) of Denham Springs & Wendell Keen (Linda) of Baton Rouge.
8 Grandchildren: Kimberly Spencer (Tyler Bell), Kristina Navarro (Cory), Karen Johnson (Jesse), Brian Haws, Melanie Cooper (Christopher), Trenten Spencer, Garrett Spencer & Madelynn Spencer.
5 Great-Grandchildren: Keira Spencer, Brooklyn Bell, Nikolai Navarro, Gabriel & Gideon Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lauren Spencer Haws; Parents, Violet Bowman Keen and Richard Ellis Keen, Sr.; Sister, Norma Lynn Keen Oldbury (Otha “Blue”).
A Private Visitation will be held on Tues, Aug. 11, 6-8 PM at Peel Funeral Home, Magna, UT.
Graveside ceremony and internment at Neola Cemetery, in Neola, Utah on Wed., Aug. 12 at 1:00 PM.
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