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Wilma G. Hobson

Wilma G. Hobson, age 86, of Carrington, ND, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, ND.

Wilma Grace McDonald was born March 17, 1927, the daughter of William and DeEtta (Bennett) McDonald at Carrington. She attended Churchs Ferry grade school and graduated from Devils Lake High School. Wilma continued her education with a teaching degree from Valley City Teacher’s College. She worked at Slorby’s Photography Studio in Devils Lake, taught school in ND, and had various occupations over the years, ending with kitchen manager for the Grand Prairie, TX, School District.

On February 14, 1949, Wilma was united in marriage to William Hobson in Devils Lake, ND. During her married life, she and her family moved across the country 27 times, and retired with her husband in Grand Prairie, TX, before moving back to Carrington. William died in January 1993.

She loved to travel, had a passion for history, enjoyed singing, reading, taking walks, and listening to music. Wilma was an incredible selfless support to all around her. She was always there with a kind word, wise advice and loving compassion. Wilma was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Our beloved mother will be remembered and deeply missed by her 2 sons, Patrick (Karla) of Mazatlán, Mexico, and James of Fredrick, MD; her daughter, Joan (Sean) Browne of Seattle WA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mari Ann (Roland) Peterson, Carrington, ND, and Clarice (Lew) Payne, Boise, ID; and 1 brother, Eugene of Coulee City, WA.

She was greeted in heaven by her parents; husband, William Hobson; 2 sisters, Ellen Schultz and Gladys McDonald; and 1 brother, James.


FUNERAL SERVICE: Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND

DATE AND TIME: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

INTERMENT: Hartline Cemetery, Hartline, WA

Posted Condolences:



Name: Pete and Mari Ann

Date: Jan.6,2014

Message:   We will both always miss Wilma and her Coffee times with Wilma at GAM


Name: Bonnie Pederson Munson

Date: 12/30/13

Message: So sorry to read of Wilma's passing. I had corresponded with Wilma at Christmas and various times, but the last card was returned, and the last phone number was disconnected and I had no way of learning what had happened. I saw the obituary in the Fargo Forum and searched out this site. I was William Hobson's 1st cousin on his mother's side. She was a most delightful person, always warm and welcoming. I am sorry that I lost contact with her.

Bonnie Munson


Name: Roland "Pete" and Mari Ann (McDonald) Peterson

Date: December 28, 2013

Message: We knew Wilma so well and had wonderful times with her through the many years of our friendship. Mari Ann (Wilma's sister) fondly recalls "feeding the little lambies" with bottles of milk at the small farm in Maza, ND where they grew up. Mari Ann and Wilma were close age wise and remained close friends throughout their entire lives. We were thinking about Wilma and the good times we shared, and recalled that she always believed in "being on time." Every day we would go to a café at precisely 3 o'clock for coffee and dessert and if we weren't there yet she’d say, �Where have you been?" with a smile on her face. Wilma was always was on time wherever she went and appreciated promptness; we will miss having coffee with her at 3:00 every day as we have for so many years. Another thing we recall fondly about Wilma is that if someone had a question, especially about family members, we would always remark, �Just ask Wilma, she’ll know." And she did! Wilma wil!
l be greatly missed by both of us as she was a dear friend for so many years. Condolences to all who knew dear Wilma; we too will miss her greatly. Roland "Pete" and Mari Ann (McDonald) Peterson, Carrington, ND.


Name: Tammi, Kevin & RoAnna Mitchell

Date: December 24, 2013

Message: We will all miss Aunt Wilma so much; we always loved seeing her when she came to visit Jim and his family in Maryland and also when we visited with everyone in Carrington (Tammi is Pete & Mari Ann Peterson's daughter). As a young girl, I (Tammi) was very much influenced and greatly impacted by Auntie Wilma's love of family history. When I was about 12, Aunt Wilma took us to visit Plymouth Rock & the Mayflower Descendants' building in Plymouth, Mass., telling us the family lore that we were related to one of the Mayflower Pilgrims, George Soule. Several decades later, thanks to the internet and Aunt Wilma's sharing her love of family history with me so many years earlier, I set out to prove Aunt Wilma right and finally figured it out for our family to officially become members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and also connected our line to the DAR--so it was no longer just "family lore." I will always remember Auntie's happy chuckle and how much she !
loved talking about family, old and young. Our hearts and sincerest condolences go out to Pat, Jim, Joan and their families. We will miss our Precious Aunt Wilma forever, and will always remember you especially at Christmas. Your loving niece and family--Tammi, Kevie & RoAnna from Happy Valley, Oregon