Barbara 'Babs' Bohmbach
December 4, 1922 – November 26, 2015
Babs Bohmbach of Medford, Ore., our wonderful mother, passed away Thanksgiving Day at The Springs at Anna Maria, her home for 13 years.
She was born Barbara Jean Mills in St. Paul, Minn., joining her siblings, Peggy, Rosemary, Helen, and Bob. The youngest of her siblings, George, was born two years later. Those close to the family have all heard the stories of the Mills’ kids and their adventures. Their father passed away when Babs was six years old, so her remarkable mother bravely raised the family as a single mom.
On January 5, 1944, she married her only love, Clifford (Skip) Bohmbach, in St. Paul. They moved around a bit while Skip was in the service, but eventually landed in Sacramento, Calif. Babs was a rated tennis player, bridge player, wonderful dancer, passionate Bingo Babe, and most of all, a true lover of life. While in Sacramento, you could always catch her at Arden Hills Swim and Tennis Club, and in Medford, at Superior Gym. She was well known at the step-aerobics classes and Zumba Gold! She never allowed life to get her down after she lost most of her eyesight, and was a true inspiration to everyone.
She was a long-time member of Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, Calif. and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford, Ore.
She is survived by son, Bruce Bohmbach (Carol) of Fair Oaks, Calif. and daughter, Rosemary Harrington (Garth) of Medford, Ore.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Skip in 2003; son, Dick in 1988; sisters, Peggy and Rosemary; and brothers, Bob and George.
A special thanks to the incredible staff at The Springs at Anna Maria for making her last years very happy. Also, to the ‘angels’ from Ashland Hospice, especially Cynthia, Darcy, Brenda and Dr. Wilkins, we can never thank you enough for your kind and loving care. To her companion and buddy, Carl Miller, thank you for treating her so well and with special tenderness.
There will be a family service at a later date, in Maui, where her ashes will be joined with her late husband Skip, in paradise. In lieu of flowers, please remember her to either Ashland Hospice, or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.