Ardean "Bobbie" Woodfin

Died: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Feb. 10, 2017
Location: LaFollette's Chapel


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Ardean R. (Bobbie) Woodfin passed away peacefully while surrounded by loved ones at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017.  
Bobbie was born on March 7th, 1927 in Doris, California to Robert Francis and Mary Mahala O’Farrell.  She was the fourth of four girls born into this union and her Dad so wanted a boy that they compromised by naming her after him.  This may have been the one and only compromise that she was ever involved in.
A couple of years after Bobbie was born the family relocated to Eastern Oregon where she attended schools in Burns and Baker (City).  After graduating from 8th grade she quit school to begin working.  
She met Dave Chism working with the YCC’s at the age of 15 and they married and moved to High Bridge, Kentucky where her first two sons, Dean and Mike Chism were born.  This marriage ended four years later and Bobbie moved back to Burns where she met and married William Walter “Bill” Woodfin on May 8th 1948.  Bill and Bobbie were married for 51 years and had six children before he passed away in January of 2000.  Bobbie spent the rest of her life collecting and preparing for a “Yard Sale” that she had no intention of ever having and spending time with her kids and grandkids.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Mahala O’farrell, sisters, Mildred Greene, Shirley Burtch, Sharon O’Farrell.  Husband, Bill Woodfin, and children, Mike Chism, William Clayton Woodfin, Mary Louise Carriquirry, Jerry O’farrell Woodfin and Sharon Arlene Woodfin.
Immediate survivors are Sons: Dean Chism of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Jim and wife Kathy Woodfin of Kennewick, Washington, daughter Christy Ardean Woodfin of Riggins, Idaho, special Granddaughter, Mary’o Courts and her family of Bend, Oregon who provided much love and care for Bobbie in her later years and special friend and neighbor Marvin Hillman who always kept an eye on her and assisted her when she was home in Burns.  Also, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Bobbie had a tremendous work ethic and worked every day to improve her and her family’s sense of well-being and self-worth.  She had the heart of a champion and instilled a competitive winning aspect to many things in her and her children’s lives.  She was an avid high school wrestling fan and supporter and referred to Burns High School wrestlers as “her kids”.  She followed her wrestlers and cheered them on to the end.  
Bobbie is in heaven now and having a wonderful reunion with all of her friends and family that were all there waiting to greet her again.  I know this because I read on Facebook the other day “that when the devil seen her coming, he quickly slammed the door.”  I think that she would have been proud of that.
Funeral Services for Bobbie Woodfin are/were scheduled for Friday, February 10th at 1:00pm at LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns, Oregon with internment to follow at the Burns Cemetery.  Contributions in memory of Bobbie Woodfin can be made to the Burns High School Wrestling Program, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel.

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