Roberta “Bo” Bragg

Roberta “Bo” Bragg peacefully passed on July 14, 2014 at her home in Bay Village, Sarasota, Florida. Bo now joins loved ones that preceded her to God’s heavenly kingdom including her beloved husband Harold, daughter Janet and grandson Colby. Bo was born in Novelty, Missouri February 11, 1922 to Edward and Lola Bowen. She married James Harold Bragg December 5, 1943. She received her nursing degree from Quincy Nursing School in Quincy, Illinois.

Bo was a kind and generous lady and very instrumental in the business success enjoyed by her and her husband. She loved to cook, entertain, garden, play bridge and spoil her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Before coming to Sarasota in 1990, Bo lived with her husband in several Iowa communities where Harold served as an executive leader of prominent Midwestern companies: Winnebago Industries, The HON Company and Lennox Industries.

Bo’s sturdy nature and steady love and affection will be missed by her sisters Bessie Grod of Kansas City, Missouri and Gene Merritt of Kirksville, Missouri and her daughters Jane Esbeck (Mark) of Sarasota and Joan Clemens (Doug) of Wolverine, Michigan and by son-in-law Gary Overstreet of Sarasota. Bo also is survived by grandchildren Jamie Olson Chastain, John Olson (Kristie), Jessie Clemens, Josh Clemens (Darla), James Knaack (Jean), Joel Knaack (Kelsey), Jennifer Knaack Delgado (Edwar Delgado) and Meredith Bombella (Matt). Bo also is survived by 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Bo will be buried alongside her husband, Harold, at the Palms Memorial Gardens in Sarasota. The funeral ceremony will be held at Beneva Christian Church, 4835 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota. Visitation starts at 10 am with the service at 11 am on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The family requests donations in Bo’s memory to be made to Beneva Christian Church in lieu of flowers or other remembrances.

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