Major Roberta “Bobbie” Lin Waggoner, 67, passed away peacefully at 12:30 p.m. on February 25th, 2016, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, Illinois, after a 7 year battle with cancer. Bobbie was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on August 22, 1948, to Harold and Ruth Van Niman.
She married Floyd W. “Butch” Waggoner of Elizabethtown, Illinois, on August 18, 1973, at First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, Illinois. She earned multiple degrees in Spanish and Nursing from Oakland University, SIUC, SEMO, and Graceland College. Bobbie had two children, Matthew (Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force) and Kimberly Anne (Houston, Texas).
Like her grandmother and mother before her, she spent 27 years as a nurse. Bobbie spent a majority of her career working at Carbondale Memorial Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit helping the most fragile of babies get a start at life. Later, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, where she rose to the rank of Major. Bobbie served in a variety of medical and administrative units over 16 years. She finished her service at Fort Buchanan in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The greatest joy of Bobbie’s life was in the role of grandmother to three wonderful grandsons. As an avid reader, she loved to read bedtime stories to the boys. She was a doting grandmother who enjoyed spoiling her grandsons in every way.
Bobbie was known for her love of movies, travel, and books. She could often be found at the local library checking out the latest title. She was an accomplished knitter and cross-stitch artist. Over the years she knitted countless outfits for babies. Additionally her mastery of cross-stitch generated amazing works of art that will be handed down as treasured heirlooms.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Bobbie is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Floyd “Butch” Waggoner of Carterville; two children, Matthew and his wife, Christine, of Springfield, Virginia and Kimberly Anne Zeller and her husband, Adam, of Houston, Texas; and three adoring grandsons, Logan Waggoner, Benjamin Zeller, and Zachary Zeller; brother-in-law Russell; sister-in-law, Susan; niece, Monica and Lance Barnes of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; numerous cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First United Methodist Church of Carterville, Anne West Lindsey District Library, Hospice of Southern Illinois, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, or the Fisher House Foundation which supports injured military and their families. Envelopes will also be available the funeral home.
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