Obituary: Helen Hobbs

Obituary: Helen Hobbs

Obituary: Helen Hobbs

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Helen Hobbs moved to Carolina Beach from Burlington NC and 1948.  She was widowed when her husband, John W. Hobbs, Sr, was killed in WWII.  When she came to the Beach, she brought with her, Johnny---her only child, he was 8 at the time.  Helen was a remarkable woman who quit school in the 3rd grade to care for three younger siblings.  Yet despite her limited formal education she worked for Corning in Wilmington and retired after 45 years.  During her time with Corning she also started and ran a craft business called, "Granny's"  She ran "Granny's" for some 15 or more years.  Mom never remarried, though she was engaged to be married when her fiancé was killed in Korea in 1952.  She worked at different places on the boardwalk for over 60 years and finally stopped at the age of 92---she was working at the Beach Shop at the time.  She was greatly loved by about everyone on the Beach, as she raised her son as a single Mom.  When she moved from Burlington NC, she was looking for work and a place to call home for herself and Johnny.  She found both when she got to Carolina Beach.  Mom was a fixture on the Boardwalk working at different places as second jobs to make ends meet.  Anyone who met Mom would tell you that she was loving, kind and generous to people from all walks of life.  While lacking a formal education, she was incredibly bright and creative as she carved out a life for herself and her son.  Back then, Carolina Beach was one big family and folks looked after each other.  Sometimes I felt like I was being raised by a whole village.  From life guarding to calling Bingo to church league basketball, Carolina Beach was home---and still is in my heart and Mom's.  Helen Hobbs was part of a Boardwalk culture that had a unique flavor of its own and a bond that made them family.  She never forgot that and it was part of what made her such a beautiful lady. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Harper Avenue will host coffee and donuts in he honor at noon followed by a service at 1:00pm today, Wednesday, January 18th. In lea of flowers, donations can be made in her name to either the Lower Cape Fear Hospice or New Hanover County Animal Shelter.

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