Nancy Hayden Hobson

March 17, 1945June 21, 2018

Nancy Hayden Hobson (née Bygrave) 73, died peacefully of ovarian cancer on June 21, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of William H. Hobson; dear mother of W. Haskins Hobson, Jr., Carlsbad, NM, Sarah R. Hobson, St. Louis, Laura R. (Michael) Bond, Clayton, J. Monty (Bridgette) Hobson, Kirkwood; loving Nana of Hayden and Henry Bond, Bella Ammel, and Sloane Hobson; sister of Lucy E. (Carl) Stinson, Bath, ME, Susan Bygrave, Portland, ME, and Robert C. (Cathy) Bygrave, Lexington, KY; daughter of Robert Bygrave and Lucy E. (Denio) Bygrave, deceased.

She was born March 17, 1945 in Lincoln, MA. She moved to Wexford, PA for her high school years. She attended Elmira College, and then the University of Virginia, where she received an M.A. in English literature. Nancy and Bill were married for 48 years, lived in Bronxville, NY for 10 years, and in Clayton, MO for 38 years. While raising her children, she pursued her passion for writing, becoming an adjunct professor at STLCOP and UMSL. She started her own business, Writer-in-Residence, through which she captured family and corporate histories. Her favorite writing assignment was for Herbaria, an organic soap maker in St. Louis.

Nancy’s faith in Jesus guided her way of life, and with a servant’s heart she cared for many people through prayer, cooking, visits, hospitality, and love. She had a passion for connecting with people in all walks of life and cultures. Nancy will be remembered for making each person in her life feel special. Her blue eyes, warm smile, and open arms will forever be missed.

A Memorial Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 3 PM, at The Crossing, 114 N. Eatherton Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005. Contributions may be made to Lwala Community Alliance or Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis. Floral tributes should be delivered directly to the church.

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  • Memorial Celebration of Life Sunday, July 1, 2018

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Judy Capes

July 2, 2018

David and I knew Nancy and Bill thru Clayton High School. Our 3 kids were classmates of 3 of their kids, and Nancy, who was involved with AFS, asked if we would be interested in hosting an exchange student for a year coming soon to CHS. My family was very enthusiastic, and Luis from Costa Rica became part of our family, along with Marianne from Norway two years later. Because of Nancy, our lives have been enriched. We have stayed in touch, see them all periodically, and have two Costa Rican grandchildren and two Norwegian grandchildren added to our family. Our family all sends condolences to the Hobson family.

Dorothy Bethel

June 27, 2018

To Bill and Family: we are so shocked and saddened to hear of Nancy's passing. Please know you are in our hearts. My memory of Nancy was that she was a powerhouse. Such a hard worker at whatever she did. I remember sandbagging with her during the flood of '93. There was no chance of me keeping up with her. She was such a strong, determined lady, and so friendly. So grateful to know that she is Home.
Love to all,
Dorothy & Charlie Bethel

David Weintraub

June 26, 2018

To the Hobson Family,

The great memories are abundant, you and your family will be in my thoughts. I would like to offer my deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of your mother/wife rest in peace.
All my best,
David Weintraub

Dale Schreiber

June 26, 2018

Deepest condolences on the death of a wonderful, creative, spiritually gifted, caring, courageous and persevering wife, mother, teacher, writer, friend. She was such an inspiration and model of integrity to me. She touched so many individuals and families. Andrew and Michael Schreiber also send their caring thoughts for you at this time. So privileged to have known her. May her memory continue to bless our days.

Lainie Neiman

June 26, 2018

Nancy was a dear and wonderful person. While we were never super close friends, we raised our children together in Clayton for 25 years. Seeing Nancy’s bright smile, and huge zest for life and deep interest in whatever I was up to, made her a Breath of Fresh Air. (I always thought Nancy and Bill to be the kindest people I ever knew). Their four children are all wonderful people. Nancy left our world a better place.🙏💗

Margie Weintraub

June 26, 2018

My dear friends and former neighbors, I am so sorry for your great loss. Nancy was the gentlest force of good I have ever had the privilege of knowing. she had such a strong conviction which showed itself in her caring for others. I feel very privileged that I knew her.
With the warmest of regards
Margie Weintraub