Bobbye Ruth Leeper Bond
May 17, 1932 - January 18, 2022
Bobbye was born May 17, 1932, in De Queen, Arkansas to Joseph Holman and Gladys Crow Leeper. She passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
Bobbye grew up in De Queen Arkansas, alongside her six siblings; brothers Winfred, Joseph Holman Jr. (Todd), twins Harold and Daryl, and sisters Betty Joe and Billye. She moved to Hobbs, New Mexico her senior year of high school. Returning to Arkansas later that year, she met the love of her life, Dale Bond, who had recently completed his service in the US Navy, and they wed on November 6, 1949 in Horatio, Arkansas.
Bobbye and Dale resided in Hobbs, where he worked for Waukesha Sales & Services, followed by Watson Truck and Supply, until he passed away in 1985. They had four children, Kay, Brad, Mark, and Jane. Bobbye always kept a journal, and at the end of every page she wrote, "Thank you Lord for my family, I love my family." In addition to her four children, she loved her four grandchildren and five great-granddaughters dearly.
After the loss of her husband, she went to work in 1987 for Dr. Tuttle Dentistry. In 2019, she celebrated her 32nd anniversary, fully retiring alongside Dr. Larry Tuttle's retirement. Bobbye remained dear friends with Dr. Tuttle, their team, and loved each patient dearly.
Above all, Bobbye loved her Heavenly Father, and her legacy will always be her devotion to, and faith in Christ. In 1955, she and Dale moved from First Baptist Church, Hobbs, to become charter members of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, which was started as a Mission by First Baptist. During her 67 years at Taylor Memorial, Bobbye led Sunday School classes, from Singles, to Young Adults, to Senior Adults, each of which she said was her "best class". In 2001, Bobbye was led to serve the Samaritan's Purse "Operation Christmas Child" Shoebox Ministry, providing a Christmas shoebox full of personal items and small gifts, as well as a gospel tract to children around the world. She even traveled to Denver, Colorado several years to work alongside the international distribution team, getting to see the boxes loaded onto the C-130 cargo plane headed to their final destinations, the children. This past Christmas marked her 20th year with the ministry.
The family will receive friends and loved ones for a visitation and life celebration at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church at 11:00 am, on Monday, January 24, 2022. Bobbye will be laid to rest at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs, New Mexico, alongside her husband Dale and son Mark at a later date.
Bobbye is survived by her daughter Kay Bond Broadus and husband Allen, daughter Jane Bond Eidson and husband Gary, and son Brad Bond; her grandson Brian Broadus and wife Carrie, granddaughter Kirsten Broadus Schaap and husband Rick, granddaughter McCall Eidson, and grandson Spencer Eidson; her five great-granddaughters Bailee and Madison Broadus, and Olivia, Ava and Chloe Schaap; her sister Billye Leeper Prince and husband Kirk; and a world of loving relatives and friends. Bobbye is preceded in death by her husband Dale Bond, son Mark Bond, parents, and five siblings.
For those wishing to honor her legacy, donations may be made in her name to Operation Christmas Child @www.samaritanspurse.org or Gideons International @www.gideons.org.