July 30, 1935 – August 24, 2014
Bobbie passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 24, 2014 surrounded by her family after a 2 year courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Bobbie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, trailblazer and beloved friend to many.
Barbara Jean Lindquist Sylvester, daughter of Mae Berry Lindquist born July 30, 1935 in Soda Spring, ID. She spent many joyful childhood years at her grandparent’s ranch in Dingle, ID. With her brilliant mind and incredible work ethic she put herself through college, graduating from the University of Utah. She met the love of her life, Ralph Sylvester in Jackson Hole, WY and they were married on October 25, 1958 in Salt Lake City, UT. Bobbie often joked that being an only child did not prepare her to be the mother of five children. Bobbie was incredibly proud of her children, Shauna, Shelly, Scott, Suzie and Stan. Bobbie built a strong and loving family that continues to share family vacations and will pass on her traditions to the next generation. Among her many talents Bobbie was known for her skills in the kitchen and showed the love with food. Throughout her life Bobbie was fiercely independent, working a variety of interesting jobs; secret shopper, substitute teacher and finally she found her true calling in the travel industry. Bobbie was an extremely successful travel agent for over 30 years. She loved arranging memorable trips for large groups and was the go-to travel agent for school groups for many years. Bobbie had a passion for meeting people and for traveling the world. She was a respected leader in the travel industry and served as president of Rocky Mountain ASTA. She was elected to ASTA Board of Directors in 1989.
Bobbie had a fantastic sense humor, an inquisitive mind and a passion for sports of all kinds. She was a die-hard Democrat and was a tireless advocate for the underdog . After her retirement, she donated her time and talents to The Democrats of Southern Utah, Dixie Care and Share, The Dove Center and the American Association of University Women – eSmart Camp. She dearly loved her friendships from the Red Hats, Uppity Women and the Divine Sisterhood of Ellie Perelli. Bobbie has many life-long friendships and loved playing bridge with the ladies. She truly loved life and everyone she came in contact with was changed in a positive way. She was a best friend and mentor to many and loved mentoring and sharing her experience.
Bobbie is survived by her loving family, husband, Ralph , St. George, UT, children; Shauna Finley (Marc), Sandy, UT, Shelly Williams (George), Oak Hills, CA, Scott Sylvester (Ximena) Park City, UT, Suzie Porter (Jason) Worcester, MA, Stan Sylvester (Tara) Park City, UT and grandchildren; Megan, Kassie, Tyler, Madison, Nicholas, Brooke, Ty, Ashton, Blake and great granddaughter, Julia. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mae Lindquist and her grandson, Ryan.
A celebration of Bobbie’s life will be held at the Bloomington Country Club (3174 South Bloomington Dr. E, St George, UT 84790) on Thursday, August 28th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The family would like to thank all of her dear friends who have visited, provided support and helped to care for our sweet mom. Your kindness and love mean the world to us.
Bobbie was passionate about education and opportunities for women. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to AAUW eSMART Camp Scholarship. We have established the Bobbie Sylvester Memorial eSMART Scholarship Fund.
Please make checks payable to AAUW of St. George and reference the Bobbie Sylvester Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to PO Box 790, St. George, UT 84771