Bobbi (Rhea) Goddard (nee Phillips)

December 14, 1921 (Telkwa, B. C.)  – December 12, 2021 (Edmonton)

Bobbi grew up in Falkland, BC then finished school at Vernon and Mission.  She met Spencer at an RCAF dance in 1944 while he had returned for pilot training. They married and she ventured to Alberta – Edmonton, Tofield, Vermilion, Ellerslie, Foremost and Calgary were major stops before overseas postings in Mauritius and Afghanistan – 30 places to call ‘home’.  Quilter, gardener, pie-maker, 4-H sewing leader, Mom, Great-great Granny, curler, neighbour and friend.  Proud Olds College graduate.  Resourceful, clever and adaptive, Bobbi raised five children and fostered more.  A child of the Depression, Bobbi could cook anything with two ends on it.  She grew tons of vegetables each year and shared them, to the joy of Beaumont seniors’ centre.  She quilted in support of WIN House, Edmonton. Highly competitive, she really wanted to hit 100 years but missed it by two days.

Predeceased by husband Spencer, son Ralph (Joyce), daughter-in-law Sam (Doug) and granddaughter Jocelyn.

Survived by Joyce, Margaret (Jack Sewell), Holly (Stan Roediger), Doug (Suzanne) and Tom (Liz).

Grandchildren Brad (Tari), Mike (Chris), Andrew (Lana), John (Heather), Hillary (Ben), Marie (Chris), Nicole, Megan (Derick), Ryan (Lindsey), Janet (Justin), Rachel (Jonathan), Steven.

Great-Grandchildren Jonathan, Shanelle (Landon), Kristy (Sheldon), Jonathan (Jennifer), Matthew, Jonah, Ryan, Ashley (Martin), Larissa, Emily, Sarah, William, Chris, Rhett, Wyatt, Isabella.

Great-Great-Grandchildren Aria, Hayden, Samantha, Georgia, Lily, Cooper, Scarlette.

Thanks to the first-floor staff at Good Samaritan Southgate for their care. Cremation has taken place. Funeral private.

Donations in memory of Bobbi to WIN House or charity of your choice.


Serenity Funeral Service South
780 450 0101

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Carmen Ferchau


I never met Bobbi, but remember you sharing stories of her when you and I were at work. She was a pillar of the community and your family, and will be missed. My deepest condolences to you.

Gary Jack Cookson

Mona and I were so sorry to learn of Bobbi’s passing. She certainly had a full life, almost making it to her 100th birthday. I’ll never forget when she constantly fed Ralph and I when he was building his home. She enjoyed gardening and willingly shared whatever she grew. Our sincere condolences to the Goddard family and in particular we’d like to acknowledge the efforts of Joyce Goddard on behalf of Bobbi.

John Tackaberry

Tom, Liz and family. I never got to meet your mother but had many discussions with Spencer over the years. I always appreciated his wisdom and forthright manner.

Your mother achieved a great deal in her life. Reading her obituary I kept thinking about the tremendous support she provided your family. Living to 100 years is awesome (I consider two days short close enough). To think of all the changes and challenges she faced.

You will keep both your mom and dad close to your hearts forever. They were great parents and left a wonderful legacy through their children.

Blessings to your family.

John Tackaberry

Mark Steiger

I didn’t know Bobbi but she sounds like a great gal. I’m pals with her grandson and he sure loved and appreciated her alot.

Audrey Whitelock nee(Goddard)

Tom and Liz: sorry to hear of your loss of your Mother. We enjoyed our time with Spencer while he was in Drayton Valley. We shared the same last name but no relationship to my knowledge. Also made Liz’s mincemeat again this year. We met Liz in Save on foods several years ago and chatted about mincemeat and Christmas Cakes.

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