Roberta Lee (Bobbie) Gilmore died peacefully on July 31 at 11:11 a.m. at her home in Edgartown surrounded by family. She was 74.

Bobbie was born on July 13, 1946, in Quincy to John and Catherine (McCabe) Gilmore, the eighth child of nine. She attended Quincy public school before transferring to Catholic school and then onto the college of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J.

Bobbie was married on April 23, 1970, to James McKinley Ellis and they had one child.

Bobbie received numerous work certificates and licenses and a bachelor’s degree from Lesley College. Of all of those, her favorite was her Hack license to drive a cab.

She was also an avid bagpiper. She began playing the pipes around the age of 11 and was a member of St. Joseph’s All Girl Bagpipe Band. Bobbie continued to play the pipes and, in her early 30s, she joined the Clan Sutherland pipe band who she played with for many years. Bobbie continued to play her pipes into her 60s.

Bobbie had many fun adventures, whether it was with her siblings, her friends from the pipe bands or trips to the Jersey shore with her sisters by choice. She went on many trips and vacations with her nieces and nephews and her dream trip to Scotland with her daughter and sister to explore their roots. Bobbie’s faith in God and the love for her family and friends made her the beautiful woman she was. Bobbie loved to visit Martha’s Vineyard where her daughter lived.

Due to a long battle with lung disease, Bobbie would find herself living out her days on the Vineyard.

Bobbie is predeceased by her siblings, Judy Gilmore, James Gilmore and Carol Gilmore Parsley.

Bobbie leaves behind her husband, Stephen; her daughter, Tiffany M. Ellis O’Neill; her brother Joseph; sisters, Ann Nissle, Helen Roche, Janet Riley and Mary MacDonald.

Bobbie also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and, fortunately, way too many friends and caregivers to mention. She was loved by all and touched so many lives.

A memorial will be held for Bobbie at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bobbie’s name to Norwell VNA/Hospice or Visiting Nurses Assoc. of Cape Cod & Islands or Boston Catholic Television. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.