Bobbie Niemeier Denson

Denton, TX – Bobbie Niemeier Denson passed away at the age of 101 on the evening of December 20th, 2022, at her home in Denton TX. She spent the days prior enjoying quality time with her family.

Bobbie Helen Niemeier was born on August 27th, 1921 in Coryell City, Texas to Henry Niemeier and Floy Sparkman. She was a loving younger sister to their eldest daughter, Lois, and a caring older one to her baby brother Charles.

After she graduated from Crawford High School, she pursued a career in nursing, where she met Otis M. McKinzie. He was a patient who landed a date with her by sheer luck after several attempts to ask her out. The pair married in 1939.

She began working in hospital administration at Perrin Air Force Base as they settled down in Sherman TX where they had their 2 daughters Barbara and Linda. They spent 25 years together building a home and a family.

Otis passed unexpectedly at the age of 45 in 1964 due to health complications, leaving Bobbie and her girls to navigate life as the girls transitioned into adulthood. She later met Joe Douglas Denson, a pilot who was new to Texas, through her best friend. They married in 1966 in Sherman and blended their two families; Joe had 3 children, Myron, Mary Ann, and Dana. They decided to move to Anchorage AK, where Bobbie’s daughter Barbara lived until her death, and where her granddaughter Andi lives now with her two sons. While she lived there, she continued her work in personnel administration at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

The couple spent their golden years together in Lake Whitney and Clifton TX enjoying their retirement by painting, cross-stitching, boating, and flying. Inspired by their love of nature, Bobbie and Joe were regular donors to charities that work to preserve wildlife and they adopted a parrot, Tasha, who became their lifelong companion.

Joe passed away at the age of 86 in 2009. Bobbie moved back to Denton to be closer to her youngest daughter, Linda, and her grandchildren Leslie, Michelle, and Tammy. She found community as a part of the Good Samaritan Society where she enjoyed playing cards with her friends and dominating in dominoes. She kept in touch with everyone she met and loved people. Bobbie was a social butterfly and a loyal friend. Much like her cross-stitching work, she was the thread that tied her family and community together. An irreplaceable presence that touched many lives, the absence of which will be forever felt by the people who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Bobbie is survived by her youngest daughter Linda and step-children Myron, Mary Ann, and Dana; her grandchildren, Andi, Leslie, and Michelle, her step-grandchildren, Tammy, John, David, Tanna, Adam, Tracy, Jamie, Denver, and Isaac. Her legacy continues with her 24 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.