Bobbye Smith Phillips

Mary Bobbye Smith Phillips, 85, of Conway, formerly of Monticello, went to be with the Lord on July 6, 2019.

Mary Bobbye and her twin, Mildred Robbye, were born on February 3, 1934 in Crossett.

She was a graduate of Drew Central High School and spent the majority of her life in the Monticello area where she was a former business administrator for Leisure Lodge and owner of the Mud Hut

In 2008, after the death of her husband, Joe Phillips, she relocated to be near family.

In addition to her husband, Bobbye was preceded in death by her parents, parents, Elmer and Ola Smith; her sister, Louise Lay; twin sister, Robbye Bland; sister, Ethel Dees; brother, Edwin Smith; and sister, Shirley Lee.

Bobbye is survived by a sister, Sue Rice; her nieces, Nancy Grainger, Beverly House, Jeanie McCarley, Renae Hightower, Tammy Rice, Sha Carter, Suzanne Temple; nephew, Randy Lee; and multiple great and great-great nieces and nephews. She also dearly loved her Phillips nieces and nephews.

Bobbye pursued excellence in all things. Her hands were consistently busy sewing, painting, crocheting, gardening, or quilting. She kept numerous pantries stocked with canned pickles, green beans, pepper jellies, and tomatoes. With unparalleled generosity, most of her creations were made to be given away. Bobbye’s home was beautifully decorated, both inside and out, particularly around the holidays. She had a huge heart for dogs and was affectionately referred to as the “dog whisperer.”

Although Bobbye never had biological children, she was a second mother and grandmother to her extended family. She loved those around her with all her heart. Her Christian faith played an important role in her life, giving her grace to face her diagnosis with upmost courage. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who loved him.” James 1:12.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at the Rash Cemetery in Cominto. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.