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Barbara P "Bobby" Pettinggill Allen
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1927
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 2011
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

ALLEN, BARBARA P. "BOBBY" October 5, 1927 to April 2, 2011 Loving wife to John and beloved mother of Scott and Sally, Bobby passed away peacefully at home April 2, 2011. She was born in San Francisco on October 5, 1927 to Marion and Russell Pettingill. An only child, she grew up in San Mateo where they lived as her father commuted daily by train to his insurance office in San Francisco. A Stanford University class of 1949 grad, she and John met while students there. They married in San Mateo following her graduation and had celebrated 56 years together prior to his death in 2005. In 1953, they arrived in San Diego where John became a partner of Robison-Allen Insurance Agency. They soon were involved with the Junior Chamber of Commerce resulting in many close friendships lasting over 50 years. Bobby enjoyed nothing more than giving her time and energy to various causes: Klee Wyck (auxiliary to the Museum of Man), Las Tias Auxiliary to Children's Home Society, a lifetime member of Scripteasers, San Diego Opera where she served as a docent and was secretary of the Point Loma Guild, a Mission Bay Yacht Club life member, and in 1986 a founding member of Avant Garde, the auxiliary to the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. Nowhere was she more dedicated than to the ASYMCA where she served as Board Secretary for many years, and in 1994 was named Program Volunteer of the Year. She received the ASYMCA Susan Davidson Exceptional Service Award in 2002 and 2008 and was honored with a life membership that year. Predeceased by her husband John in 2005, she is survived by son Scott Allen of San Diego and daughter Sally Bixler (Michael), of Imperial Beach; cousins Jim Allen (Lyla), and their sons Eric and Matthew of Santa Barbara, Jean English (David) of Palos Verdes, California, and Betty-Lou Wethington (Bill) of Louisville, Kentucky. Bobby was a friend to so many because of her big heart and genuine interest in people. She loved being with old friends and was equally delighted to make new ones. We love you, Bobby, and miss you. You are an angel among angels now. She died from renal failure complications. The family sends special thanks to the nurses and staff of FMC Dialysis-Hillcrest for their extra care and kindness to her over the past ten years. A memorial mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Friday, April 15th, at 2 p.m. A reception honoring Bobby's life will follow at The Bay View Solarium Room at MCRD. For directions, please log on to In lieu of floral remembrances, the family suggests donations to ASYMCA, 3293 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124, or San Diego Opera, 1200 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.
Created by: frank amari
Record added: Apr 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68316202
Barbara P Bobby <i>Pettinggill</i> Allen
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 Added: Apr. 13, 2011

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