Barbara A. Whitmyer, enjoyed antiquing

August 5, 2022

Barbara “Bobbie” A. Whitmyer, 79, of Lewes, and formerly of Gettysburg, Pa., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born May 11, 1943, in Martinsville, Va., the oldest child of the late Earl and Mary Head.

Bobbie was very involved in buying and selling antiques. She would attend multiple auctions, where she would acquire the antiques and other items, and then offer them for sale in her booth space in an antique mall in Hanover, Pa. The name of her booth was Bobbies Attic. Bobbie was very successful in this venture and loved it very much.

After her health dictated that she couldn’t continue with Bobbies Attic, she started helping her daughter with her dog-sitting business. This quickly became a passion for Bobbie, as it gave her the chance to love as many dogs as she could, all at the same time. She also became personal friends with a few of her human clients.

Bobbie and her husband Tom recently relocated to Lewes to be closer to her daughter and allow them to spend more precious time together.  She was a lover of all animals, and in her final weeks was introduced to bird feeding and bird-watching. This became an instant love for her, all while providing hours of enjoyment and entertainment while she was mostly confined to her home.

Bobbie maintained the friendships she had most of her life, and she spent her last few weeks talking about her friends and how she loved them. She was her strong, determined, giving self right up until the last hours of her life. She will be forever missed.

In addition to her parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by her beloved son, Ronald "Brian" Schmidt.  She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Thomas Whitmyer of Lewes; her daughter, Sharon Schmidt (Joan Lelacheur) of Lewes; her granddaughter, Ashlee Schmidt of Tampa, Fla.;  her brother, Earl "Butch" Head (Bonnie) of Glen Burnie, Md.;  and her precious pets: Cheyenne, Sadie, Harley, and Andy.

Service details will be announced at a later date. 

Final care has been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

Visit Bobbie's Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at

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