From the Office of Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
In sadness, we share the news that Mrs. Judith Ann Motley Bobbitt, spouse of The Rev. M. Douglas (Doug) Bobbitt, died on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
Mrs. Judith Bobbitt had a passion for public school elementary education and served as a teacher and principal in Tucson, AZ, Vista, CA, and Coolidge, AZ. Judith served as the Superintendent of the Somerton Elementary School District in Somerton, Arizona where she oversaw the construction of three new elementary schools, along with many other school improvement projects. She established and founded the South Yuma County Education Consortium, believing that we are all life-long learners she led the District to provide adult education. She served as the national chair for the Interstate Migrant Education Council and was a member of the Arizona Bar Association. In 1998 she was named as the Arizona Superintendent of the Year for mid-sized school districts. She retired from the Somerton District in 2006 and was recognized by a proclamation at the United States House of Representatives by the Honorable Raúl Grijalva. Judith served by her husband’s side in various ministry settings. She is survived by her husband, M. Douglas; stepson, siblings, numerous nieces and nephews; and countless former students, co-workers and friends who considered her family.
Rev. Doug Bobbitt is a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. He was admitted on trial in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Methodist Church (1963) and served in Clear Water. He was admitted in Full Connection in 1965 and served at Connell UMC. He then transferred to the Southern California-Arizona Conference of the Methodist Church and served at La Cresenta in Montrose CA (1967). He continued serving La Cresenta in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church and later was appointed to attend school (1968); served as supernumerary (1970); appointed to Cholla View United Methodist Church in San Diego (1972); First United Methodist Church as the associate and the Director of the Wesley Foundation of the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ (1974). In the Pacific & Southwest Conference, Rev. Bobbitt served at Vista United Methodist Church in San Diego (1980). In the Desert Southwest Conference, he served Coolidge United Methodist Church (1985); Fort Yuma in Yuma, AZ, Trinity United Methodist Church in Yuma and Somerton in various configurations throughout the years from 1990-1999. Rev. Bobbitt entered a leave of absence in 2000 and retired in 2005.
Memorial services will be held on:
Saturday, May 21st at 11:00 AM at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718. A fellowship luncheon will follow the service.
Saturday, June 18th at 10:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 S. 8th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364. A fellowship time will follow the service.
Condolences can be sent to:
Rev. Doug Bobbitt
The Watermark at Continental Ranch
8689 N Silverbell Rd Apt #124
Tucson, AZ 85743
Memorial gifts may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 S. 8th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364 and designated for the Judith Bobbitt Memorial Fund which will be used to provide educational opportunities in the city of Somerton where Judith served as the Superintendent of Schools.
We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Mrs. Judith Bobbitt, please hold her family and friends in prayer at this time.