Barbara Ann (Bobi) “Marshall” Harris fell asleep in death surrounded by her family on Monday, May 6th, 2019.
Bobi was born on September 17th, 1956 to the late Stewart and Florence Marshall in Rahway, New Jersey, with a passion for living that she carried with her throughout her life.
Her family moved to Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1968. As a teenager, she loved creating things with her hands and made extra money sewing bean bag animals and making candy and candles. Here is where she also met her husband, Darrell Harris, and they just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in March of this year.
The young couple started their new life in Denver, Colorado, where they welcomed two beautiful additions to the family, daughters Aimee and Dawn. From there, they made their way to Montana, then Florida, and back to Montana.
Bobi’s many talents for quilting, basket weaving, doll making, crocheting, pottery, cooking, embroidery, decorating, basically anything hand-made filled her life and home. You name it, she could either make it or teach it! Her precious hand-made artwork will be cherished by her family for years to come.
One of her biggest accomplishments was her book “Antler Baskets: Weaving Rocky Mountain Memories” and was published in 1989. She taught basket weaving classes all over the United States, and truly enjoyed everyone she met.
Bobi’s passion for history could be felt in the hundreds of tours she shared, and she loved working as a Historical Interpreter at the Montana State Capitol and the Original Governor’s Mansion. She was extremely proud of her participation in the current WWI exhibit at the Mansion. Adults and children alike took her tours multiple times and could always count on a good song and history lesson before they left. Her energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by all.
She has left her mark graciously throughout the Helena community, touching many lives in many ways. She donated and took care of the dollhouse at the Lewis and Clark library since 2009, was Vice President of the Helena Quilters Guild, a member of the American Quilt Study Group, founder of the Helena Basket Weavers Guild, member of the Cheap and Easy Doll Club, and was an active past member of the Original Governor’s Mansion Restoration Board.
Bobi especially loved entertaining her family and friends and serving her perfected Miserentino spaghetti sauce. You could bet she would give you one of her “life lessons” before you left. Her favorites were “Always have a plan B” and “Enjoy your life on earth, because you only get one chance!”
Bobi will be greatly missed by her husband Darrell, her mother in law, Leona Harris; daughters Aimee (Lee) Estell of Helena and Dawn Harris, grandchildren Michael (Kristi) Harris, Jessica Estell, Nicholas Fitzsimmons, Annalisa Brown, Kelsie Brown and adopted grandchild, Mckenzie Berry, and great-grandson Benjamin Harris, sisters Gwen (Ron) Knapp, Carol (Darwin) Hansen, brother Drew (Suzi) Marshall, sister Laura (Mike) Hogue, and her sister-in-law’s Donna (Mark) Gregus, and Diane Gray, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Bobi in death were her parents, Stewart and Florence Marshall, and grandparents Frank and Florence Miserentino, and Jesse and Andrew Marshall.
A graveside service that is open to the public will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena. A Celebration Tea Party honoring Bobi’s life will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th in the social hall at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Bobi are requested to her family or the funeral home in order to help assist with burial expenses. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Bobi.