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In Memory of

Roberta Irene Harkey

January 26, 1927 - November 11, 2016

Obituary


Roberta Irene Harkey known to all as" Bobbie", passed away this past November 11th. Her passing was peaceful. She was under hospice care and was with her daughters, Janice and Leslie.
Bobbie was born in a birthing home on Louisiana Street in San Diego on January 26th 1927. She was the second daughter of George and Mary Graham and is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Baecht, of Escondido. She was raised in Otay and National City, graduating from Sweetwater High School in 1944 and working at the soda fountain on the 32nd Street Naval Base...

Roberta Irene Harkey known to all as" Bobbie", passed away this past November 11th. Her passing was peaceful. She was under hospice care and was with her daughters, Janice and Leslie.
Bobbie was born in a birthing home on Louisiana Street in San Diego on January 26th 1927. She was the second daughter of George and Mary Graham and is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Baecht, of Escondido. She was raised in Otay and National City, graduating from Sweetwater High School in 1944 and working at the soda fountain on the 32nd Street Naval Base at the end of World War II.
On June 16,1946, Bobbie married her high school sweetheart, Oscar Leroy Harkey, at the First Baptist Church of National City. They lived in Chula Vista from 1952 till Leroy's death in 1993. Bobbie gave birth to five children: Leslie Dye of Aptos, CA, Steven Harkey of Ramona, Janice Kerr of San Diego, Mitchell Harkey of Spring Valley and Michael Harkey of San Diego.
Even though she worked outside the home most of her life, family was first for Bobbie. She was always busy being room mother, raising funds for little league and serving as a bethel parent for Job's Daughters. She had 5 grandchildren Tyson Kerr, Zack Dye, Kelsey Regedanz, Scott Kerr and Milagros Dye. Bobbie doted on her grandchildren. She was known for making imaginative Halloween costumes, fancifully decorated birthday cakes and taking trips to Disneyland. Bobbie was also blessed with 6 great grandchildren Damian, Luca, Eva, Ruby, Rowan and Isla. In her last years, she was often photographed holding her new babies and smiling adoringly into their eyes.
Bobbie was known for her vivaciousness and high energy. She was a quick study and a problem solver. She began her working career as a dental assistant for Dr. Harvey Urban. Her knowledge in the field grew eventually earning her the position of office manager for Dr Harold Klaser. She continued working until the age of 75 only ending her career after working with Dr Greg Davis in Bonita.
Bobbie was thrilled to join the Pythian Sisters Lomita Lodge in National City in 1951. She was very active in that organization for many years as she worked on many philanthropic projects for the Lodge and participated on the drill team. In1958, Bobbie was selected and served as Most Excellent Chief of the Pythian Sisters.
Bobbie and Leroy shared a love of football and in the early 1980's they joined the Aztec Athletic Foundation. By 1987, Bobbie was chosen as president the AAF. She was known to be an incredible fund raiser and in 1994, she and Leroy were awarded the the AAF Lifetime Achievement Award. Bobbie continued as a prodigious fund raiser for over 30 years and was a tremendous part of Aztec Athletics and SDSU as a whole. She will be remembered too for her kick off parties and and tail gate parties and her brownies and lasagna.
Bobbie has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to continue her work of fundraising for scholarships for student athletes at San Diego State University
Please make donations to
SDSU Athletics
C/O Aztec Club
5500 Campanille Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4313
Write Bobbie Harkey on the memo line.
or call Morgan McSweeney at 619594-5256