Barbara Ann (Debettencourt) Jeffers slipped away peacefully on October 3, 2017 at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood Florida. She had celebrated her 90th birthday in April.
Barbara, better known as Bobbi was born on April 22, 1927 to Percy and Helen Debettencourt. She was their only child. She grew up on the Vineyard where she learned to sew and cook. She enjoyed being in the school plays and going to the beach during her youth. After high school she attended a year of hair dressing school in New York City before returning back to the island to work.
She will be remembered by many for the years she spent working for the Levin family at Vineyard Dry Goods and at Sears on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Over the years she also waitressed at many local restaurants and was an active member of the American Legion in Vineyard Haven.
For several years she lived in Lakeville, MA with her husband Otis and family. She waitressed at the Tamarack Restaurant and would see many familiar island faces. It was during this time that her best friend Bobbie Ann Gibson was recovering from an auto accident at a near by hospital. Bobbi and her children would visit her almost daily bring her meals, playing cribbage or just spending time with her as she recovered. Also during this time the family grew close to another family through the hockey world who had a teenage son named Jimmy Kelley. Jimmy’s parents passed at an early age and he moved in and became family.
Family meant everything to Bobbi. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary or special celebration. Her hand written notes and thoughtful care packages will be missed. She was the heart and soul of her family. She was happiest with a houseful and the stove full of her homemade creations. Thanksgiving was her favorite day of the year, the more the merrier! Her fondest memories had were while living on Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven. It was a neighborhood filled with island families and she treasured the fun times they all had together.
She had many hobbies throughout her life, sewing dancing, gardening and going to the beach were a few of her favorites. But her most loved was putting together photo albums of her family and friends. Over the years she carefully created close to thirty albums. It was always fun to look through them when you stopped by for a visit. After moving full time to Hollywood Florida she would look forward to visitors and would pull out the pictures and reminisce about the past.
Her parents Percy and Helen Debettencourt predecease her. She is survived by her husband Otis P Jeffers, Jr. her children David Amaral, Jackie Amaral and Peter and Rita Jeffers, grandchildren Merri and Jimmy Cestrone, Beth Amaral, Meaghan, Mason and Mia Jeffers, great grandchildren Anthony, Teia, Farah and Faith Cestrone, a large extended family and many friends.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday October 28 at 1:00 at the Oak Grove cemetery in Oak Bluffs officiated by Rev. Dr. Roger Spinney. The family will gather at the PA club following the service.
In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make a memorial donation in Barbara Jeffers name to the MV Ice Arena, Po Box 2062, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.