In Memory of Bobbi (Mattix) Richards

born February 4, 1947 – died March 26, 2014

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from Bobbi's Obituary:
Barbara "Bobbi" Richards, age 67, of Garnett, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Anderson County Long Term Care in Garnett.
She was born on February 4, 1947, in Topeka, Kansas, the second daughter of Robert and Althea (Robertson) Mattix. She grew up in Garnett, graduating from Garnett High School in 1965.
In 1969, after graduating from the University of Kansas, she taught at the Boy's Reform School in Topeka. The following year, on May 31st, she married Steve Richards, also a Garnett native. They shared 44 wonderful years together, full of life, love and travel. In their free time, they enjoyed playing pitch, camping, going to casinos, attending KU football games despite the Jayhawks' perennial doormat status, and traveling frequently - having spent more than 60 days on Caribbean cruises amongst many other memorable trips.
On June 24, 1977, she gave birth to her son Kyle in Little Rock, Arkansas. The following year the family was transferred to Tokyo, Japan for two years where Bobbi wore out the tires on Kyle's stroller since they did not have a vehicle. After stints in Wilton, Connecticut and Shreveport, Louisiana, they returned in 1989 to the family residence in Garnett. Always energetic and upbeat, Bobbi was known by friends and family for her tireless work ethic managing the family budget, assisting others with projects, helping people move or cleaning relentlessly so they would get their full deposit back, as well as creating games (some more popular than others) for the family to play during special gatherings and holiday get-togethers. A lifelong Jayhawk fanatic, Bobbi would frequently drive Steve and Kyle crazy by also rooting vigorously for the KSU Wildcats (when the two teams were not playing) - where she studied for an undergraduate semester before ultimately graduating from KU.
She is survived by her husband Steve; son Kyle and his wife Briana of Alexandria, Virginia; her sister Debbie Haskins and brother-in-law Robert Haskins of Olathe, Kansas…

Bobbi was ill for 2 years before her death – several bouts of radiation and chemo, first for lung cancer and then for brain cancer.
Class of ’65 members who attended Bobbi’s funeral: Roger Adams, Ron Wolken, Sue Singer, Linda Macklin, Linda Moody, Merle Wittman, Ron Wolken, Terry Cain, Martha Miller, Monte Mace, Don Anderson, Rick Sass, Mark Womelduff, Larry Caldwell, Tarry Miller, Linda Lickteig, Herb Waring, Janis Main, Genell Benjamin, Jan Brecheisen, Marilyn Bennett, and Denny Davis.
Fran Craig was unable to attend but recorded a CD in Bobbi's honor.

A Tribute to My Sister:
(This is part of something Debbie (Mattix) Haskins wrote about Bobbi.)
My sister, Bobbi Richards, was one of a kind...She had so many wonderful and unique qualities. First and foremost was her loyalty to family, and friends. She could always be counted on to lend a helping hand wherever needed. She had amazing organizational abilities...and a quirky and endearing sense of humor.
There are so many wonderful memories of time spent with our extended family...Bobbi was the hub that bonded all of us together. She was at the very heart of our family. She will be sorely missed.

High School Activities
Freshman: FHA, Y-Teens, Pep Club, Glee Club, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Band, Class Historian
Sophomore: FHA Secretary, Y-Teens, Pep Club, Glee Club, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Choir, FHA attendant, Class Historian
Junior: FHA, Y-Teens, Pep Club Vice President, Glee Club, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Choir, Student Council Secretary, Class Historian, Junior Play, FHA attendant
Senior: FHA, Y-Teens, Pep Club, Glee Club, Music Contest, Honor Roll, Choir, Student Council, Basketball Queen