Bobbie (Barbara) Eaton-Lounsbury was born in an old farmhouse near Mauston, Wisconsin, on August 31, 1940. She was the second of three daughters born to Earl W. Eaton and Alice (Rudolph) Eaton. The family lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for a few years but returned to the farm when her father became ill; he passed away when she was a young child. Education included a few one room school houses followed by St. Patrick’s Catholic and Madonna High School and the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Oshkosh. With a good education and career, it was full steam ahead for Bobbie to live a creative and meaningful life. She departed from that very life on January 3, 2019, to join her creator.
Her career began with an accounting firm in Madison who managed only physicians accounts. It was interesting but she became disenchanted with the firm and decided to fulfill one of her father’s dreams, go to ALASKA! In 1975 she packed up her car and with her little white poodle Jacque, took off for Fairbanks. It apparently was a God directed adventure because aside from a hitch or two over the years, the move was perfect.
She met the love of her life, George Lounsbury in 1977, they married in 1980. Their first home was a small cabin in the woods (Bobbie’s dream) and then later they built an earth berm home on Ester Dome, outside of Fairbanks (a larger Cabin in the woods).
Bobbie loved critters, big and small, and her poodle Jacque was in heaven living in the woods. He begot three puppies at the age of 10. Bobbie kept one puppy naming him Beaujac. He was a darling as was Fancy, a smaller apricot poodle who joined the family in the 80s, as was Wench, a beautiful long-haired, big black cat who kept the dogs in line.
Bobbie’s career was very satisfying and successful. She worked for many years as office manager at Gene’s Auto retiring in 1990 for health reasons. She then became active with her true calling, something she had been known to do in college, Volunteering! When she was younger, she had taught Cerebral Palsy youth and young adults and remained friends with one of them over the years. Her calling also led her join FMH/DC Volunteer Services as an auxiliary member in 1992. In 1994, her genetic disease forced her to go on Dialysis. She then became active with health fairs, promoting and teaching about organ donation. In 1996, she received a kidney transplant and continued with health fairs and becoming a board member of the Alaska Kidney Foundation. She was also asked to join the board of the NSCA (North Star Council on Aging) in Fairbanks. She contributed her accounting knowledge by preparing tax returns for many non-profit organizations for many years. She was a proud and active member of Pioneers of Alaska, Women’s Igloo #8. She was crowned Queen Regent in 2009, served as president in 2012, served as a Trustee and also contributed to many of their outstanding projects.
Another passion of Bobbie’s was she loved to cook. She enjoyed preparing a wonderful meal, setting a beautiful table and enjoying it with family and friends. Even before they were married, she and George became attached to some of the old timers in Wiseman, Alaska, and made certain they enjoyed the holidays with a beautiful meal and spending fun time talking about “the old days”! Life was a grand experience with many awesome memories.
She is proceeded in death by her grandparents, parents, her older sister Donna, all her aunts and uncles, distant relatives and some very special friends. She is survived by the most wonderful man in the world, her husband George, her very talented younger sister Cherie Imhoff (husband Jerry), nephew Jason Imhoff (wife Tori) many cousins and some absolutely amazing close friends, especially in Fairbanks. In lieu of flowers, let her be remembered to any Veterans Organization, Animal Rescue Organization, St. Judes Children’s Hospital and/or Shriners Children’s Hospital.
There will be a service officiated by the Pioneer’s of Alaska Women’s Igloo #8 on January 14, 2019, 3:00p.m. in the Stampede Room at Pioneer Hall located in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks.
Online condolences may be made to the family at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com