Bobbie Zoe Short passed to life in the spirit on Thursday August 2nd, 2012. She had been battling difficult health issues for some time.
Bobbie was born June 2, 1922 at her home in Hartville, Missouri to Barton Frank and Effie Richardson. They moved to a farm in Douglas County, MO before settling in Mountain Grove, Missouri. She started schooling at age 4, because the rural school teacher had boarded in their home, and that resulted in her graduating from Mountain Grove High School at age 16. During her high school and college years she was active in sports, as a drum major, and in theatre. In 1942, she received her Bachelor degree in English/Communications in Secondary Education from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (now Missouri State University) in Springfield.
Bobbie served faithfully in the US Army Air Force from 1944-1946 and has always been extremely proud of her service.
She married Joel William Short, also of Mountain Grove in May 1947. She worked for the Wright County Welfare Office, and she and Joe started and operated the Tri County News until they moved to Monett MO in 1948. Bobbie and Joe had a daughter in 1948 and moved to Joplin in 1950. They lived in Joplin the remainder of their lives. After their son arrived in 1955, Bobbie took a teaching position with Joplin Public Schools teaching English at South and East Junior Highs, but in 1962 she began work with Joplin Junior College in English and Communications. She continued teaching at Missouri Southern State University until retiring in 1987. She was active in bowling leagues, community theatre, sponsorship of The Chart newspaper at Southern and raising her two children. After retirement, Bobbie and Joe traveled for the Elks Lodge BPOE 501 and TPA, and also enjoyed visiting casinos. They also enjoyed their Grand Lake retreat and pontoon. So did their family!
Since the passing of her husband of 55 years in August 2002, Bobbie has moved several times due to health needs, but her loving spirit and vivacious smile have never waned. We know she and Joe are “cutting a rug” once more just like they used to, and Joe’s probably playing a little less golf so he has more time for his Bobbie Zoe.
She is survived by her daughter Debbie Fowler and husband, Mike of Joplin, son Joel B Short and wife Dawn Lea of Olathe, Kansas, along with a sister Suzanne MacAaron of New York City, grandchildren, Dustin Shapard of Oklahoma City, Aaron B. Short of New York City, Michelle and Jason Warnecke of Nixa, Missouri, Caleb and Vanessa Fowler of Everett, Washington, and two great grandchildren, Ethan and Noah Warnecke, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
"One must see the invisible to do the impossible!" Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove, Missouri.
The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Wednesday, August 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.