Nov. 2, 1970 Williston Williams County North Dakota, USA
May 14, 2009 Bismarck Burleigh County North Dakota, USA
Roberta ‘Bobbi Ann' Fortier Talmadge, 38, passed away at St. Alexis Hospital in Bismarck on Thursday, May 14, after a courageous battle with leukemia.
A memorial service for Bobbi will be held in Wildrose at the Grace Lutheran Church at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 17. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at St. Anne's Church of Bismarck, ND at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Ed Wehner officiating. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 18 from 5:00-8:00 at the Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Bobbi was born in Williston, November 2, 1970, to Farrell "Bud" and Marlene (Biwer) Fortier of Wildrose, North Dakota. She was educated in Wildrose, where she graduated in 1989. While in high school, she was active in volleyball, track, and basketball. She also participated in rodeo as a member of the Williston Rodeo Team. She competed in the National High School Rodeo for 3 years, coming in 2nd in the 1st go-round of goat tying in 1989 with one of her favorite horses, Hank. She attended Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. She then transferred to Casper College in Wyoming. During her college years, she participated in both rodeo and basketball at the collegiate level. While at Casper she met Don Talmadge and they were married in 1992. She then attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where she graduated with a Bachelor degree of Animal Science in the spring of 1995. They lived in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado during the next few years. Then for a short period, they helped run the family farm in Wildrose. During this time she was a writer for the Tioga Tribune. Her column -"Prairie Prattle" entertained the rural community. In the fall of 2000, they moved to Bismarck, where she worked as a marketing specialist at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture until the time of her passing. During her work experience, she was able to travel extensively, which enabled her to meet many of her now, dear friends.
In the fall of 2006, Bobbi was diagnosed with leukemia. She received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where she underwent treatments and a bone marrow transplant. While there, she and her mom spent many months at the Gift of Life transplant house and Hope Lodge. During this time, she was an inspiration to others and was a breath of fresh air to those with the same struggles. Her Caring Bridge journal entries gave her a creative outlet in which she could express her sense of humor and share with others her unique outlook on life.
She is survived by one son, Leighton, 2 daughters, Sierra and Sage, Bismarck; mother, Marlene Fortier of Wildrose & Bismarck; 5 sisters, Shelly (Don) Boespflug, Lino Lakes, MN; Denise (Stan) Weeks, Bismarck; Jacqueline Fortier (Jack Boespflug), St. Paul, MN; Suzanne (Lynn) Clark, Powers Lake, ND; and Lois (Kevin) O'Brien, Lindstrom, MN; ex-husband Don Talmadge, Bismarck, and thirteen nieces and nephews. Several loving aunts, uncles, and many cousins also survive her.
Bobbi was preceded in death by her father, Bud; grandparents Charlie & Alpha Fortier; Matt & Esther Biwer; and Great-Grandmother "Granny" Olson.
Bobbi loved life and she made a lasting impression with all she came in contact with. She will forever be remembered for her enthusiastic, out-going personality and zest for life. Her presence lit up a room. Her love for her children was evident in the support of their talents and various activities. She took pleasure in coaching and watching many of their sporting teams. She was their biggest fan.
The family would like to thank everyone for the incredible amount of support and care that she has received the past 2 ½ years as she battled her illness. The staff at the Mayo Clinic and St. Alexis Hospital provided wonderful care throughout her numerous hospital stays and treatments. The entire staff at the ND Department of Agriculture was instrumental in providing assistance in many varied ways. The extended communities of Wildrose and Bismarck gave her and her family an enormous amount of love and hope.
A memorial fund will be established for her children in her honor at US Bank.
Burial: Saint Marys Cemetery Bismarck Burleigh County North Dakota, USA Plot: Section N, Row 3, Lot W24.