In Memory

Barbara Barton Brown (Wise)

Barbara Barton Brown (Wise)



WISE, Barbara Brown "Bobbi" "Meme"


71, passed away December 24, 2017. She was born and lived most of her life in St. Petersburg, FL. She was the daughter of Beverly and Mercer Brown, owners of the historic (now closed) Suwannee Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg and members of families who were St. Petersburg pioneers and civic leaders. Her biological father, Robert Barton, was a prominent St. Petersburg lawyer who passed away when she was nine years old. Bobbi was extremely proud of St. Petersburg and its history. She was known for her vivacious, outgoing and kind personality. Most of all, she was a caring, devoted mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Diane Robinson. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Smith Kirkendall; sons, Mercer Smith, Doug Wise; and grandchildren, Chloe, Macey, Madelynn, Lily, and Lincoln.


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01/02/18 04:28 PM #1    

Barbara Gail Dunkle (Field)

I am so saddened by Bobbi's passing.I will miss knowing she is brightening the world of her children and grandchildren in this physical world, but all of the memories she has created will continue to live in our hearts and minds.

01/03/18 10:46 AM #2    

Janie Lee Willson (Bullock)

I have so many fond memories of Bobbi going all the way back to living near each other in Allendale and going to North Shore Elementary School. She was always so special and so much fun. I know she will be dearly missed by her children and grandchildren. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all.

01/03/18 02:17 PM #3    

Diane Eames (Bragg)

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bobbi. I remember the good times we shared at sleepovers and many other times.  She was a true and fun-filled friend.  My sympathy and heart-felt thoughts go out to her family!


01/04/18 01:34 PM #4    

John Paul Jones

So sorry to just read about the death of Bobbi Barton Brown.  Memories go all the way back to first grade at North Shore Elementary.  She was as beautiful and friendly as her photo shows on this website.  May she rest in peace and condolences go out to her family and other friends.

01/13/18 07:02 PM #5    

Gilbert Shamas, MD

Bobbi and I remained friendly long after college. She was such a humorous and gracious friend. I remember all the events at the Suwannee. My sincere condolences to all her family. I will truly miss her.

01/14/18 06:03 PM #6    

Kathleen Mayne Gresh

Bobbi and I became good friends in the second grade at North Shore Elementary, and we remained friends as we grew up together. We were newborn babies together at St. Anthony's Hospital, and our mothers became friends during our stay there. It was only natural to become friends again at North Shore. Bobbi was the extrovert to my intoverted nature in elementary school. I was amazed when she dyed her hair red, and she was amused by my picky appetite. Bobbi and her Mother were the first persons to visit my family just after my father died in 1963. Bobbi was a special friend. I am happy that we spent time together at the last reunion and at the beach after the reunion. We talked on the phone later and shared on Face Book. I will miss Bobbi.


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