Kathy Bobbs, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a powerful, compassionate voice for better healthcare for women and children in Acadiana and across Louisiana, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21. She was 59.
Visitation is set for 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Martin & Castille Funeral Home Southside location, with a 4 p.m. recitation of the Rosary by Deacon Tim Maragos and a 7 p.m. Eulogy by her children Christopher Casteel, Matthew Giglia, Ashley Grindol, Amanda Bobbs and Adam Bobbs.
Visitation resumes Thursday, April 26, at Martin & Castille Southside from 8 a.m. until the time of services. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Johnston Street. The Rev. Keith LaBove, Women’s & Children’s Hospital chaplain, will officiate. Gift bearers will be Laurie Wehmeyer, Linda Westmoreland, Courtney Giglia and Melody Casteel.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Casteel, Matthew Giglia, Adam Bobbs, Jonathan Grindol, David Stinson, Kenneth Bobbs Sr., Zachary Hale and Ema Haq.
A native of Abilene, Texas, and a resident of Lafayette for the past 18 years, Kathy is survived by her husband of 22 years, Ken Bobbs of Lafayette; daughters Ashley Giglia Grindol and her husband, Jonathan, and Amanda Leigh Bobbs and Charles Faske; sons John Christopher Casteel and his wife, Melody, Matthew Darrin Giglia and his wife, Courtney, and Adam Joshua Bobbs; her 11 grandchildren Serena, Jordan, Kade, Cameron, Autumn, Benjamin, Landon, Catherine, Madeline, James and Brayden; proudly awaiting 2 grandchildren arriving this summer; her mother, Julie Jill Bailey; and two sisters, Laurie Leigh Wehmeyer and Linda Joy Westmoreland.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Robert Flannagan, and her grandmother, Bessie Margaret Adams.
Kathy lived her life concerned most about the health and well-being of others, a trait reflected in her professional life and community service. Most importantly, it showed in her passion for her family, of whom she was very proud. Despite her hectic schedule as a hospital administrator and community leader, Kathy made it her priority to be a mom first. Somehow, she managed to be present not only at special functions, but also at her children’s and grandchildren’s day-to-day activities. It was important for Kathy to create special memories with her beloved family at every opportunity, even if that was simply a phone call or text to ensure they knew she loved them and was thinking about them.
Kathy attended the University of Arkansas, where she earned degrees in Nursing and Psychology and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration before beginning her career with HCA Healthcare. She spent more than 35 years leading HCA facilities across Arkansas and Louisiana, including Women’s & Children’s Hospital, where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the past 18 years.
She was a delegate for the American Hospital Association, currently serving on its Regional Policy Board. She was a board member for the Louisiana Hospital Association and served as chairperson in 2013. Kathy also was a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and served since 2008 on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Council representing healthcare for the State of Louisiana.
In 2006, Kathy was recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in Lafayette. The following year, The Independent selected Kathy as one of its Women Who Mean Business. And, in May, the Junior Achievement of Acadiana Business Hall of Fame is set to honor Kathy as its Business Person of the Year.
A longtime community volunteer, Kathy most recently served on the boards of Home Bancorp, the Woman’s Foundation, and One Acadiana of which she is currently the chair elect. She previously served as a United Way of Acadiana board member from 2003 to 2011, including a term as chairperson in 2007. She was also a 2011 graduate of Leadership Louisiana. Kathy was owner of two ice cream stores and enjoyed seeing the happiness it brought to families in the community.
Martin & Castille Funeral Home Southside location, 600 E. Farrel Road, Lafayette, LA is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Kathy’s memory to Kites Above Acadiana Kids Fund through the Community Foundation of Acadiana at CFAcadiana.org/Contribute. Kites Above Acadiana Kids Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana impacts hospitalized children and their families in a meaningful way through a variety of initiatives such as play, education and housing which was close to Kathy’s heart.