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Bobby F. Covert (Mrs. Clarence Covert, Jr.) passed away on September 21, 2013 at the age of 90 after a long illness. Her husband, Clarence Covert, Jr. and her son, Daniel DeLoss Smith, III, preceded her in death. She is survived by her three daughters — Mrs. Dana L. Leidig of Georgetown, Mrs. Kelly A. Blalack of Lubbock, and Ms. Vicki C. Buchanan of Austin; eight grandchildren residing in Lubbock, San Antonio, Leander, and Austin; and seven precious great grandchildren.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Bobby graduated from Austin High School where she was a member of the Red Dragons. She studied journalism at the University of Texas and pursued her love of classical and modern dance performance there as a member of a student dance organization. She married Daniel D. Smith, Jr. of Austin, and spent the war years in Arizona, Nebraska, and California. She returned to Austin with her two small children when Major Smith was killed in the Korean Conflict. Later she married Clarence Covert, Jr., who along with his two brothers established the downtown office of Covert Buick. They had two lovely daughters together.

Bobby led an active life socially and as a volunteer in the community. She was a supporter of The Settlement Home of Austin and a number of other charitable organizations over the years. She was a past member of the Junior League of Austin, serving a term as editor of the newsletter, Capital Lines, in the 1950s. An avid bridge player, she continued to enjoy a good game until her illness kept her homebound. She looked forward to the camaraderie of The Lunch Bunch, a small group of dear friends who graduated from Austin High School in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Bobby was a true southern lady, with the strength and tenacity of the generation that braved the Great Depression and World War II. She lived her life with style and grace. Known as "Nana" to her grandchildren and "Great Nana" to her great grandchildren, she was proud of each one and frequently said how beautiful and smart they all were. She will be missed greatly by family and friends.

Thank you to caregivers Jasmine, Ruby, and especially Margaret and David for providing excellent personal care and comfort to Bobby as well as to her family and to Hospice Austin for making it possible for Bobby to remain at home as she had wished.

A private burial will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd. A reception will be held to honor the life of Bobby on Wednesday, October 2nd from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club, 3808 West 35th Street in Austin.

Donations in Bobby's memory may be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX, 78759.