Barbara “Bobbi” (Fanning) Narwold - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Barbara “Bobbi” (Fanning) Narwold

May 28, 1950 - September 7, 2023

Barbara “Bobbi” (Fanning) Narwold, age 73, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

Born in Aberdeen, MD on May 28, 1950, she was a daughter of the late William James and Lillian Blanch (Jurenka) Fanning. Bobbi was a graduate of Christiana High School and University of Delaware where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. After U of D, she started her career working as an assistant to an architect before working as legal assistant at Richards, Layton & Finger in the early 1970’s. Bobbi went on to also work at Laird, Bissel & Mead (1973) and then Dean Witter and Morgan Stanley. In 2008, she moved with F. Michael Donohue Jr. to Ziv Investments in Montchanin, DE, where she retired several years later.

Bobbi was a fun loving, free spirit who loved experiencing the adventures life had to offer. She cherished the time she spent with her family and friends. Bobbi had many enjoyable travels, whether she was visiting the beach, going across the United States, or internationally with her college friends Alice, Marty and Lilly or other friends and family. She had a passion for music and concerts, especially the Moody Blues who she saw numerous times, and treasured her friendship with Justin Hayward. Bobbi enjoyed gardening and creating delicious vegetarian dishes. She will always be remembered as having an open ear, an open heart, a shoulder to lean on, and a smile on her face.

In addition to her parents, Bobbi was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Sally Narwold Levine (Stuart). She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Chris Narwold; daughter, Lea Narwold; brother, Robert W. Fanning (Lily); niece, Brooke; nephew, Robert Jr.; brother-in-law, Geordie Narwold; and many loved cousins, aunts and uncles.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 2 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bobbi’s name to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Attn: Membership Department, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 or online by clicking here, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or online by clicking here, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online by clicking here.


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5 Condolences for Barbara “Bobbi” (Fanning) Narwold

  • So many years ago we met in birthing class….you were preg with Lea and I was having baby Andrew! you invited us for dinner…never forgot your bright smile and kindness.Keeping you and family in my prayers…..

  • A sweet soul has left us. She touched so many people and had much love to spread amongst us. Be at peace Bobbi. Chris and Lea know she loved you both so much. Love you all

  • Chris, my sincerest condolences on Bobbie’s passing. Great memories working with a colleague who was also a friend. Was even able to get me to try her famous Yogi hoagie once. Will never forget this wonderful lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bobbi was a unique person who possessed a strong zest for life. Her enduring enthusiasm was infectious. Our lives are richer because of her friendship. She is greatly missed, but the many memories live on. Love from Chuck and Gayle

  • Bobbi and I met in the early 70’s when she and I both worked at RL&F. We became instant friends, and had so many fun adventures with our friends, Gail Alliegro and Phyllis Winkler. Bobbi was always our lively spirit whenever we were together. I’m so happy to have had her in my life, and will cherish the memories we made together. RIP Bobbi.