One of the most amazing people that ever walked this Earth passed away yesterday. She was my great grandmother, Kathryn Hobson. As I was growing up in a strict Jehovah’s Witness household, she was my saving grace that kept me in touch with my higher self and accepted me, loved me and encouraged me to be who I was no matter what. She lovingly pointed out my mistakes, helped me find the lesson in them and then forgave me for them. She taught me how to sew, crochet, cross stitch, cook, feed wild animals, make silk flowers, love people for who they are and the individual contributions they make to our world, spirituality instead of religion, charity, gratitude and so much more.
She was always there for her family. Through thick and thin. She helped everyone financially at the drop of the hat. Opened her home to us, fed us, made us blankets, organized the holiday gatherings, showered us with gifts, gave us each her undivided attention, encouraged us to follow our dreams, and forgave us no matter what. She always greeted us with open arms, a warm heart and a giant smile on her face. When her son came out of the closet during an era that said homosexuals were perverts and villains, she loved him unconditionally, traveled the world with him and continued to love his life partner even after his passing.
In her personal life she fed the homeless in her home, loved troubled teens that the rest of the world had tossed aside, helped start a foundation that beautified her favorite city, served the Pasadena Rose Parade, taught all types of art and craft classes in hopes that others would be able to express themselves and make the world a more beautiful place, was an outstanding wife to her husband Dr. Lee Hobson and was a popular and much loved friend to many.
Yesterday she passed shortly after 4:00 p.m. PDT, in her own bed at the assisted living facility she was living in, in Camarillo, California. It was what she wanted. She had been ready to go for quite some time and I’m glad she’s no longer in pain. I know she’s in a much better place now, but my selfish ego is going to miss her. I know I’ll be with her again. This wasn’t the first or last lifetime we had spent together. I’m so grateful for the time I was able to spend with her. I don’t think she knew just how much of an impact she had on my life, although I believe now she has perfect knowledge of everything now.
The last few years of her life were difficult for her because she had lost so much of her sight and hearing. She couldn’t do her art or crafts anymore, she wasn’t very mobile and it was difficult for her to be social. She continued to attend art and craft classes at her assisted living facility even though she couldn’t participate, just so she could be around others like herself. There were so many things I never knew about her until she gave me her scrap book as a wedding gift. After I saw all the newspaper clippings and pictures, I went back and did a video interview with her that I will cherish the rest of my life and I hope my children will cherish too.
I know she was ready to go. I am at peace with her passing and while I have shed some tears, I’m relieved for her and I believe the timing was intentional on her part due to conversations her and I had privately. I will always love her. Be grateful for her. Look up to her. Remember her.
R.I.P. Kathryn ‘Nanna’ Hobson. You’ll be greatly missed.