Harriet Hobbs, Active in Benevolence, Dies

MEDIA, Penn. (BNc)- Harriet Henry Hobbs of Marple, Penn., passed away Jan. 24, at age 77. Wife of Milton M., mother of Evelyn (Jody) Apple, Rebecca Hobbs and Bill (Anna) Hobbs, she is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and her brother, Craig (Maryse) Henry.

Milton and Harriet Hobbs family

Viewing will be Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Videon Funeral Home, Broomall, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. The graveside service and interment will be at Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills, Penn. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon following the burial at the Media church’s building.

According to evangelist Jody Apple, the Media congregation has, as part of its evangelistic and benevolent outreach, given clothes and food to hundreds of souls the last few years. Along with other Christians, Harriet dedicated countless hours to these godly endeavors.

Last fall, though weakened from the effects of brain tumors and radiation treatment, Harriet insisted on helping the others prepare for the annual clothing give-away. She could not do much, but her presence was definitely felt.

“Her tireless efforts were, and are, encouraging to all at the Media congregation. Throughout her ordeal Harriet never missed Bible study or worship until the Wednesday night before her death. Her last ‘real’ activity was attending worship and Bible study Sunday morning, January 20. From Sunday afternoon/evening on, Harriet was unable to get up and her condition rapidly worsened,” Jody noted.

At the time of her death, around 8:30 p.m., Harriet was surrounded by 13 family members and friends, with Christians singing hymns of praise to our Creator.

Jody wrote, “If nothing else, be encouraged that, in spite of the worst that this world offers, you can be faithful in Christ. That’s a divine promise.”

On Saturday, Jody wrote, “Thank you to friends, family, neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ for the support given during Harriet’s battle with cancer, and since her death last night. The calls, emails, group posts, food and well wishes have come from so many we love and cherish. It will take us time to personally thank each of you, but let me note now how much we appreciate the outpouring of prayers and encouragement you have already given.”

Milton asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Media Church of Christ, earmarked “Benevolence Fund,” at 423 S. Jackson St., Media, PA 19063.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us