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Bobbie Pingaro

July 13, 1935 - February 3, 2013
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Bobbie Jo Pingaro went to be with our Lord and with her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Louis, and cherished son, Mark, on Sunday, February 3, 2013.  Bobbie was the daughter of Len and Edna Whitis of Killeen, Texas.  She was born on July 13, 1935, in Killeen, Texas, and graduated from Killeen High School.  She met her husband, Louis, in Fort Hood, Texas.  They were married in 1954, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later settled in Taft, Texas, where they raised three children.  In addition to being a full-time mother, Bobbie held several positions with local firms, including F-W Drilling Company, but is most...


Bobbie Jo Pingaro went to be with our Lord and with her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Louis, and cherished son, Mark, on Sunday, February 3, 2013.  Bobbie was the daughter of Len and Edna Whitis of Killeen, Texas.  She was born on July 13, 1935, in Killeen, Texas, and graduated from Killeen High School.  She met her husband, Louis, in Fort Hood, Texas.  They were married in 1954, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later settled in Taft, Texas, where they raised three children.  In addition to being a full-time mother, Bobbie held several positions with local firms, including F-W Drilling Company, but is most fondly remembered as a substitute school teacher within the Taft ISD for many years.



 Among Bobbie’s joys in life were sewing, cooking, sharing recipes, being involved in her children’s school activities, being a grandmother, substitute teaching and staying in touch with friends via her computer.  She especially enjoyed her teaching and volunteer work with the Taft ISD and took special interest in her students, many of whom remember her fondly today.  Bobbie was a generous, selfless, loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, loved dearly by her family.  She was a “neighborhood mom” loved and cherished by so many.



Bobbie was the original author of the article, ‘The Meanest Mother’ which she wrote in 1967.  It was first published in Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic weekly newsletter and again in Guideposts, a magazine by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.  To this day, the article continues to be published widely, especially on Mother’s Day, and she still received notes and accolades from people all over the world who are touched by it.



 Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, one week prior and her son, Mark Andrew Pingaro, in 2011.



 She is survived by two children, Linda (Mark) Scalf of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Michelle (Phil) Bidwell of Delray Beach, Florida.  Bobbie is also survived by four grandchildren:  Jacqueline Scalf of New Braunfels, Texas, Lindsey and Anthony Pingaro and April Bidwell all of Dallas, Texas; brother, Weldon Whitis and sister, Dorothy Ashworth and extended family in the Killeen/Belton/Temple area.  The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Holy Family   Catholic Church Parish Hall from 12:00 noon until service time.  Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 1:15 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Taft. Burial will follow at The Palms Memorial Gardens, Portland.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of choice.



 Arrangements are entrusted to Colonial Funeral Home, Taft.



 


"Michelle, Linda & families, I just wanted you all to know how deeply sorry I am about the loss of your parents. They were great people. Your Mom was my sons..." Cheryl Longwell (Taft, TX)

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