If you knew her, you loved her. Barbara “Bobbie” Pokriots passed away last weekend in her Santa Cruz home, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Los Angeles, Bobbie moved to Santa Cruz at the age of 13. She lived close to Twin Lakes beach and attended Santa Cruz High, graduating in 1951. She married Eli Izatt “Curly” Pokriots that same year, and the couple enjoyed 67 years of marriage.
Bobbie loved the sun, the beach, and being outdoors. A talented golfer known for her putting accuracy, she was a longtime member of Valley Gardens Women’s Golf Club. We were all proud of her two hole-in-ones. Bobbie and Curly travelled widely to visit family and friends. Along the way they would camp, hunt, play in golf tournaments, and generally enjoy all that life had to offer.
A voracious reader, Bobbie went to the library weekly. Biographies, spy novels, mysteries and thrillers were her favorites. She liked movies and had interests in art, astronomy, and history. She was an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and cook. Always expanding her horizons, she learned to paint and play the guitar. Later in life she took up the ukulele and was, for some time, a regular at the 9 a.m. Saturday Uke Group at the Crow’s Nest.
Bobbie had a quick wit, a caring way, and a wonderful smile. She enjoyed celebrating all of life’s milestones and would host parties for family, friends, and neighbors. When by themselves, Bobbie and Curly thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. Whether riding on the motorcycle, barbecuing in the backyard, or gazing up at the stars, Bobbie lived life fully.
Bobbie is survived by her husband, Eli Pokriots, her son Jerry, and her daughters Nina and Nadine; also by her brother, Raymond Locke, her grandchildren Nathanael and Melissa and her great grandchildren Tony, Sadie, and Tessa. We love you Granny!
In lieu of flowers for Bobbie, please consider expressing your love with donations to Hospice of Santa Cruz and/or the Santa Cruz Public Library.