Mrs. Hattie Hobbs was born on July 20, 1921 to the late John and Viola (Polk) Golden in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee as one of seven children. Hattie lost her father at an early age. Her mother, Viola Golden, lived to the beautiful age of 97 years.
Hattie was a homemaker and co-business owner of a hat store in the Town of Niagara, Hobbs the Hatter. Hobbs the Hatter was a retail establishment that also cleaned and reblocked hats. She and her husband, Allen Hobbs, grew the business, and with the help of their sons, they actually constructed the building in which the business was located.
The words of Peter, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee” (Acts 3:6 KJV) are words to describe the giving nature, spirituality, and strength of Hattie. She supported many charities and anyone who sought her help. She enjoyed cooking and loved to feed her loved ones in her home. When company left, she would always send a little piece of something….her pound cake, coconut cake, wedding cookies, or fruitcake for later.
Hattie had incredible strength and determination. She weathered the storms of the depressed 1920s of the south to the industrialized 1940s of the northeast on to the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. Through the turmoil of the decades, she remained a sweet and positive woman, and in her final days she maintained that strength.
Mount Erie Missionary Baptist Church in Niagara Falls, New York, was her church home for many years. She enjoyed singing and served with the senior choir. She was called to join the church in the late 1960s under the leadership of Reverend James M. Bradley.
On Monday, January 13, 2020, at age 98, Hattie was called home to rest. She fought a good fight, she kept the faith. Hattie leaves to celebrate and cherish her memory a sister, Ms. Rosetta Golden (age 94) of Memphis, Tennessee; Sister-in-Law, Ms. Betty Hobbs of Andalusia, Alabama; son, Dr. Louis (Muriel) Ray of East Brunswick, New Jersey; two daughters, Willie Mae Ray of Dallas, Texas, and the Honorable Dr. Christina Hobbs of Union City, Georgia; Grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great children; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Hattie was preceded home by her husband Allen Hobbs, sons Arthur B. Ray, Sr., Robert “Bobby” Ray, Felix Ray, Sr., Walter Ray, Jr., Reginald J. Ray, Timothy R. Kelly, and Christopher L. Hobbs; daughters Jane Howard and Esther Ray; sister Leola Kelly; brothers George Golden, Andrew Golden, John B. Golden, and William “Ralph” Golden.
Her family will be present on Sunday from 4-6PM and Monday from 10-11:00 AM, at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 1124 Ontario Ave., NIAGARA FALLS, NY, followed by her Funeral Service at 11:00 AM.
Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.
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