Tina Bossuot, age 55, passed away at her home in Silvies Valley, Oregon on June 13, 2022. Our dear Tina left behind her loving husband, Dave, and her daughter, Tiffany Robarge, in addition to many other family members and friends who loved Tina very much.
Tina was born in Burns, Oregon on September 14, 1966, to Louise and Melvin Shepherd. Growing up Tina loved spending time at the family ranch where she played with cousins, learned to cook, crochet and many other skills that she used throughout her life. When Tina was 6 years old, Louise married Gale Prince. Tina never thought of him as a ‘stepdad’, she had not only gained a dad, but 4 siblings as well. Tina kept that same philosophy throughout her life. It didn’t matter how you were related; whether by marriage or blood- you were family.
She graduated from Burns High School in 1984. She loved music and dancing; whether it was cruising around jamming to her favorite album at the time or going to concerts with friends and family. She participated in dance team in high school and has been known to have dance parties in the living room with her daughter and granddaughter.
In 1988 Tina married Scott Robarge and gained a son, Josh. In December of 1989 they welcomed their daughter, Tiffany Robarge into the world. From that day on, Tiff has been her #1. In October of 1999, Tina married her rock and best friend, Dave Bossuot. In doing so, she gained a daughter and son- Darbie and Bret. Over the last 21 years Dave and Tina have spent their time being together. Sundays were Tina’s favorite day of the week because she knew she got to spend the whole day with Dave, even if that just meant staying home and hanging out. She loved spending as much time with him as she could. They loved being together, going up to the cabin, going on drives, and of course watching their grandkids play sports. They traveled to as many games as they could and Tina always loved bragging about how good they were. Nothing made her happier than celebrating Tiffany’s success and Tiana’s incredible athletic accomplishments.
Tina worked at a variety of places in the community, but her favorite job babysitting. She loved each kid she took care of like they were her own. Some still today call her “Mama Tina.” The kids still talk about listening to her favorite music and dancing along side her.
Tina was kind and loving to all. She touched many lives without even realizing it. She never did anything halfway, which included buying food. Dave said he will be set with cheerios and oatmeal for life. Tina always wanted the best for those that she loved and that meant loving them with her whole heart.
Tiff said, “My mom knew how to make the simplest things in life a celebration. She never needed anything fancy. The things she loved were so simple, like driving to the cabin with Dave, having dance parties in my living room with Tiana and me, drinking iced tea in the sun, seeing all her grandkids play in a game and going out for ice cream with Daniel and me, just to name a few. She loved music, dancing, and cooking. She would always tell me: ‘Tiffany, it’s the simple things’. She is also the only grandma I know who would try to ride a skateboard, jump on a trampoline, go down a waterslide, do tiktok dances and try to ride a hover board. She may have broken her wrist a time or two doing it, but nothing was going to stop her. She had the biggest heart of anyone I know. I hope to be half the mom that she was to me.”
Tina is survived by husband Dave Bossuot, daughter Tiffany Robarge (Dan Tooke) and granddaughter Tiana, bonus kids and grandkids Josh Robarge, Darbie Kemper (Adam) and Hunter, Easton, Cannon, Ledger, Bret Bossuot (Lydia) and Reid and Patrick, Father Gale Prince and stepmother Rozann Hoffman, sister Serita Barnes (Tom) and Steven and Twyla, half sister Melanie Shepherd, bonus sister Tanna Prince, bonus parents Alan and Ethel and many other beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Tina was preceded in death by her mother Louise Prince, father Melvin Shepherd, half brother little Melvin Shepherd, step siblings Terryhl Prince, Tandi Ludvicsen, Todd Prince and grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Avalanche Softball-Tiana Robarge 61126 Brookhollow Dr., Bend, OR or Hi-Desert Mat Club, P.O. Box 1031, Burns, OR.
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