Shirley A. Hobbs, 79

Shirley A. Hobbs, 79, of Wabash, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Autumn Ridge Healthcare Center in Wabash.

She was born to the late Foster Gatchel Sr. and Florence (Hart) Gatchel on Oct. 11, 1935, in Wabash.

Shirley married Melvin Richard Hobbs on July 26, 1957, he passed away on Aug. 16, 2003. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Wabash. She was a homemaker to her family. Shirley was a loving mother and the most important to her was her family.

She is survived by son, Morgan Hobbs (Jennifer) of Peru; daughter, Kristina Arney of Urbana; brothers, Jim Gatchel and Foster Gatchel Jr. both of Wabash; two grandchildren, Joshua Hobbs and Shana Rowe both of Fort Wayne; and three great-grandchildren, Madlynn Rowe, Shane Hobbs, and Isabella Hobbs.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Hobbs, two brothers, and six sisters.

Visitation and a memorial service were Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash. Preferred memorials are directed to American Heart Association.

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Posted on 2015 Sep 01