Aubrey (‘Bobbie’) Newman

Aubrey (‘Bobbie’) Newman passed away peacefully with family members on June 16, 2023.  Born Aubrey Jean Doty in September of 1928, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Aubrey (Doty) Kerr. Bobbie was married to her late husband Henry Newman for 52 years.

She grew up in Orange County and attended Fullerton High School, graduating in 1946.  It was there she met her future husband, Henry Newman, where she invited him to a Sadie Hawkins dance.  They later married in 1948.  Bobbie was also an artist, worked retail, but most importantly, she was a remarkable wife and mother.

Bobbie was a beautician out of high school, a long-time employee of Sears, volunteer cafeteria server at a local elementary school, and ‘retired’ to become a full-time and devoted wife and mother.   She loved quilting, sewing, painting, reading, travel and a true zest for life. Bobbie loved dogs and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local animal rescue center in her name.

She is survived by her two children: Randall Newman, Pearland, TX (wife Melody, grand-daughters Lesley (husband Mark) and great granddaughters Caprice and Shayne; grand-daughter Melissa and great granddaughters Chase and Danielle); son Theodore Newman (wife Carolyn) of Lake Havasu City, AZ plus grandson Christopher and great granddaughters Jesse, Hannah; great grandsons Logan, Cooper, Wilder and great-great granddaughter Aurora.

Bobbie is further survived by her older sister Mary Smith (Bend, OR), younger sister Sandra Craton (Hood River, OR) and younger brother/daughter-in-law David and Janice Kerr (San Diego, CA).  Extended family consists of numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Our family would like to thank the HCA hospital system, ER, and Hospice teams in Pearland for their compassionate care during Bobbie’s short stay. We would also like to thank all our family and friends for their support and prayers, specifically Aunt Mary, Aunt Sandy, Uncle David, Aunt Janice, and Bob/Shelley Tucker who spent their long-distance telephone time with Mom prior to her passing, making her feel very loved.

She would love to be remembered with funny, strange, or silly stories that celebrate what was good and blessed in her life. As a woman of faith, Bobbie wished to have a simple goodbye and a prayer to celebrate the immortality promised to all by Christ. Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Graveside will be Friday, July 7, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Conejo Moutain Memorial Park Cemetery in  Camarillo, Ca.


  1. David Kerr – way younger brother

    Randy and I are about the same age, so I was very late in the family. So. Bobbie was more like a mother than a sister. That is how I will remember her. Eating correctly at the table, sitting up straight, wearing something beside old t-shirt, speaking with respect to my mother. Henry made sure of that. Bobbie’s Christmas gifts were legendary, all the six cousins knew what was coming. Shirts with pins in the collar from Sears. I grew up in the desert in Antelope Valley and it was great fun to visit Bobbie, Henry, Randy and Ted in Ventura and go the beach, I will never forget those summer visits. I was just one of the boys. Much later Bobbie and Henry moved to Santa Maria and I was at Cal Poly with my wife. We were truly living on a shoe string and we would visit on weekends and Henry had the BBQ going with Tri-Tip steak, salsa, Bobbie was cooking Santa Maria beans, bread and salad. We had arrived in heaven. There were periods of time where I had little contact with Bobbie due to all of life’s conditions: geography, school, children, finances, etc. But Bobbie always welcomed me as if we had seen each other yesterday. She always wanted updates on my 5 grandchildren and enjoyed the details. I will miss Bobbie as my second mother. I know she and Henry will be happy together once again.

    David Kerr
  2. Our condolences to Randy and family in their loss of Aunt Bobbie. She was a wonderful woman and a special aunt with a beautiful spirit. Aunt Bobbie will be greatly missed. She is now with our God and all those family members who passed before her. Our memories of Aunt Bobbie will always be in our hearts until we are together again. Many Blessings and Much Love. Mark and Terrie

    Terrie Weller
  3. She was a wonderful ‘big sister” to me. Took care of me when our mom worked outside our home. Always kind to me and doing fun things together. i lived with she and Henry when Dint was overseas.
    Rest in peace Bobbie. See you again one of these days.

    Will ways love and remember you. Sandy

    Sandy Craton
  4. Grandma Bobbie (also known as GMA) was a remarkable lady. Her zest for life, faith in the Lord, love for her family, memory like an elephant, kindness, compassion, experience in life, her laugh, and her stories…….if you knew GMA, you know about her stories, they will never be forgotten. She has touched the lives of so many, in ways one couldn’t possibly begin to fathom.

    She was beautiful, her laugh was both sweet, contagious and comforting! She was a mentor of all good things and deeds in life and she led by example. Her love was never failing and if you were lucky enough to get a hug, you will never feel another one like it!

    Although she will be sorely missed, I am glad she is at peace and has made her journey back to the arms of the man she has loved for more than half a century! My love always!

  5. Our sincere and loving condolences as you deal with the loss of your wonderful mother. Thinking of you all through this difficult time.

    Nancy Steffen
  6. I am truly honored to have had a grandmother who exemplified all of the qualities of love, kindness, friendship, happiness, generosity, creative talent and pure goodness. Such a beautiful legacy that I will always cherish, be grateful for and do my very best to pass on to my children so her spirit is never forgotten ❤️

  7. At almost 98 years old, I am the oldest sibling of Bobbie, Sandy, and David. Though there are many years between Sandy, Dave and me, Bobbie and I were only three years apart. We were like many sisters who had their own opinions when growing up, but we always stuck together and supported each other while going through life. I can’t explain it with words but there was a very special bond between the two of us. Though we lived far apart, Bobbie and I called each other several times a week over the years. Many days the calls came at just the right moment when one of us most needed to hear from the other. We always kept in contact and sent each other birthday gifts, Christmas greetings and many other wishes and thoughts through the year. Bobbie and I shared so many, many memories together. We may have had some differences in this life, but my sister, Bobbie was closer to me than any other person. I will miss her more than anyone can imagine, and I will hold her in a special place in my heart until we are together again. I love you, Bobbie. Mary

    Mary Smith

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