On Sunday, November 6, 2016 Bobbie, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away at Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehab in Leesburg, VA from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and leukemia. She is survived by her loving husband, Lt. Col. James Gaston USAF Ret. and loving sons James, Jr. (Anne) and Mark D. (Christy) and four wonderful grandchildren; Kimberly, Sarah, Michael and John Paul. Bobbie was born in Coleman, Texas on August 31, 1941 and graduated from high school in Graham, Texas. She attended Midwestern University and worked as a fashion model while a student. She met her future husband on a blind date just weeks before his scheduled departure for an assignment to Italy. A whirlwind courtship and marriage proposal followed. Bobbie received her engagement ring and airline ticket in the mail and making her first airline flight joined him in Rome where they were married. Thus began a wonderful loving marriage that has lasted over 54 years. As her sons reached college age Bobbie embarked on a working career that took her from homemaker to working at the executive level of several large corporations. She became an executive assistant to a vice president of satellite business systems charged with establishing offices at the cape for satellite launches. She went on to become the executive assistant to the founder and CEO of MCI and several of his vice presidents. She culminated her career by becoming the executive assistant to the father of the internet; a very challenging position requiring her to interface with dignitaries world-wide. Bobbie retired after 17 years in the workforce and she and her husband built their dream home in Leesburg, VA. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2016 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service starting at 7:30 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10:30 am at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, 55 Oakcrest Manor Drive NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.colonialfuneralhome.com.
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