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Jacqueline M. Hobbs, age 88, beloved wife of John, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2023 in Oklahoma City, OK. Jacque was born in Chicago, IL to Vincent and Kathleen Buckley. As the baby of the family, Jacque looked up to her older sisters Pat and Mickey. Like them, she loved to tap dance, laugh, study, and grow in her Catholic faith. She attended St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School and the Academy of Our Lady High School. While still in high school, Jacque met the love of her life, John, a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. They met on a blind date over the Thanksgiving holiday and the rest, as they say, is history. Growing up a life-long Irish fan, and with John studying at ND, choosing to attend St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN was an easy decision for Jacque. Neither the distance between Chicago and South Bend, limited phone time, nor a trip to visit Oklahoma during a heat inversion and no air conditioning could hamper the love that was growing between John and Jacque. Therefore, it was with much joy and celebration that Jacque and John were married on the 29th of June, 1957 upon her graduation from college.
Together Jacque and John had 5 children: John Hobbs (Jody), Susan Hemans (Dave), Michael Hobbs (Michele), Mark Hobbs (Steffani), and Kristy Morton (Jeff). Being a mom was everything to Jacque, and many of her children’s friends would refer to Jacque as their second mom. Family trips to Colorado and Arkansas in the station wagon were a hallmark of summertime adventures and frequently included family friends or meeting up with Jacque’s sister’s family. These trips inspired Jacque’s elaborate spoon collection, buying a decorative commemorative spoon from each new place they visited. Jacque was the “hostess with the most-est” and could frequently be found cooking a meal, baking her famous caramel brownies or blow up kisses cookies, or finding a special treat for those visiting. Her annual Christmas party was as legendary as her love for all things chocolate. Jacque found immense joy in needlepoint and cross stitch – especially when making her grandchildren’s Christmas stockings, completing paint by numbers, shoveling snow, doing the dishes, phone calls with her sister Pat, and cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team each fall. As a 60+ year member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Jacque enjoyed being involved in her parish, attending Mass, and celebrating her deep Catholic faith. Jacque was the epitome of classy, and yet, she wasn’t afraid to don a Notre Dame football helmet at their reunions, take silly pictures in a photobooth, or dance with Pistol Pete at her grandson’s wedding.
Jacque’s family would grow over the years with the addition of spouses, eleven grandchildren, and even four great grandchildren. Jacque welcomed each new addition with open arms and showered everyone in love. Jacque was the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for. Her grandchildren, Ashley, Lauren, and Tyler Hobbs; Nick (wife Deanna and son Cole), Scott (wife Erin and children Stella, Violet, and Nash), and Zac (Siera) Hemans; Adie and Connor Hobbs; Samantha Hobbs; and Jackson and Grady Morton will miss their sweet Honey dearly.
Jacque will be fondly remembered as our little, smiling, Irish matriarch. Through it all, Jacque always had an infectious smile on her face, a kind word, a generous spirit, and sparkling blue eyes that could light up a room and melt your heart. Jacque and John’s great love story is the kind most only find in fairy tales. Together for 71 years, and married for 66, they proved that love at first sight is real, love conquers all, and that the enduring bond of love can never be broken no matter the distance. May the road rise up to meet you, Jacque, and may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. We love you always. ☘️
The Hobbs’ Family would like to extend a special thank you to the Mercy Hospice team, especially Heather, Renee, and Cathy. We’d also like to thank Frida who provided support at nighttime. Thank you to Fr. Rick Stansberry of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Deacon Jim Smith of Christ the King Catholic Church for your prayers and guidance. Collectively, your tender care, support, and wisdom during this time was invaluable and we are forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made to the Christ the King Catholic School Endowment fund.