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May F. Hobbs, 96, of Gloucester, wife of the late Ralph G. Hobbs Sr., passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester, where she resided since 2013. Prior to Seacoast, May retired to Hawthorne, Calif., in 1984; however in late 2013 she moved back to the Gloucester area to be closer to her children. May was born in Tusket, Nova Scotia, Canada, on November 10, 1920, the daughter of the late Norman J. and Winnifred (Amero) Dulong. She graduated from Gloucester High School in the late 1930s and proceeded to spend most of her life working in the hospitality business on Cape Ann. She raised five children and when she wasn’t at home taking care of her family, May could be found at one of the prime eating establishments throughout the area like the Tavern, Surf, Dexter’s Hearthside, The Big Wheel, Captain Courageous, Easterly and the Gloucester House. She also assisted Ralph in running his two businesses for roughly 20 years, handling all the financials and bookkeeping for the East Gloucester Service Station and Taxi business. May found fulfillment in being out in the community either working at one of the local restaurants or being in the office at the service station. May and Ralph also liked to travel and in later years they were afforded the opportunity to travel to places such as Ireland, the Bahamas, California and Canada, along with a few cross country round trips by car. In April 2000, May became a US citizen which was a very proud moment in time for her. She celebrated this milestone with a few family members and close friends in Southern California. May will be greatly missed, she was a woman of immense strength, tenacity and a will beyond belief. She had a strong belief in her faith and her favorite saying was "C’est le vie." She is survived by her children, Patricia A. Wonson and her husband, Austin of Gloucester, Ralph Hobbs Jr. and his partner, Ann Sideri of Magnolia, Alyson L. Limburg and her husband, William of Sedona, Ariz., Jeffrey M. Hobbs and his wife, Margy (Enos) of Lancaster, N.H., Maryanne Boucher and her husband, Leonard of Gloucester; sisters, Winnifred Hobson of Florida, Margaret Bailey of California, Lynn Poole of California, Janice Plant of Nevada; 12 grandchildren, Mark, Paul and Ross Wonson, Keven, Keith and Brianna Hobbs, Matt Limburg, Tim, Brian and Katelyn Hobbs, Jessica Boucher-Myers and Krista Boucher; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Priscilla Cahoon of California; brothers, Stanley and Norman Dulong of Gloucester, and Fred and Ralph Dulong of California.
Her memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ann’s Church, Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. There are no visiting hours and her burial will be held privately. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com and in lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Friends of Seacoast, 292 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930, in honor of May.
Published on  October 23, 2017
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