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Bobbie Jean Taylor Dodds ’46

March 10, 2019, in Casper, Wyoming, of natural causes.

Bobbie Jean was born in Idaho and moved to Eugene, Oregon, at an early age. She graduated from University High School in Eugene and completed her education at Reed College.

She met the man who would become her husband when she was in junior high. Her marriage to Joseph Dodds, who was with the U.S. Air Force, would last 61 years. Together, Joe and Bobbie Jean made a home for their three children as they moved across the continent 11 times and to Europe for an extended tour in Germany.

“It really sounds very cornball,” Bobbie Jean said, “but life in the air force was meant for us. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Beginning with dance lessons when she was a child, Bobbie Jean embraced life. This continued with school clubs and activities as an air force wife as a hostess in their home. She spent much of her time and energy creating a fun and loving home for her children.

Bobbie Jean and Joe made their retirement home in Colorado Springs, filling the next 29 years with family, friends, and travel. She is survived by her three children, Twyla Hollister, Matthew Dodds, and Rebecca Nilson.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2019

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