PASSADUMKEAG – Julia Annie (Reardon) Hobbs passed away July 28, 2012, in Lincoln. Julia was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Woodville, to her loving parents Robert F. and Margaret (Hutchins) Reardon.
Julia grew up in Medway and went to a one-room schoolhouse for which she had many fond memories and was an excellent student. At age 14, she lived briefly in Lincoln with her aunt and uncle to attend high school but was needed at home to help care for her dad who died later that year. A few years later, Julia moved to Lincoln as a young woman to work in the woolen mill. She met and married "the most handsome man in her life," Roland Austin Hobbs after a brief courtship. They were married Feb. 25, 1945, and after Darby’s – Julia’s lifelong name for Roland – tour of duty in the Marines was completed, the couple moved to Corinth, where they raised their three daughters, Jewel, Rolanda and Naomi, and ran a dairy farm for many years. Julia was an accomplished seamstress and sewed for her daughters, making sure they were beautifully dressed. She could look at a catalog picture of a dress that one of her girls wanted and make one comparable if not better. During a time when the family enjoyed square dancing, Julia made many dresses for herself and her daughters. She spent the latter years of her life making stunning quilts for all of her children and grandchildren. Julia was an avid reader and could complete the Bangor Daily News crossword puzzle daily. She read voraciously, was always a strong opponent for a game of Scrabble, and had a very accomplished vocabulary. Julia loved her Lord and knew her Bible well. As well as being an accomplished seamstress, Julia was a wonderful baker and cook. Her molasses cookies and croissants were the delight of her grandchildren who could not wait for them to get out of the oven so that they could dive in. Julia’s down home cooking, especially her pies, were a joy to her family, friends, and church and grange members. Many wonderful meals were shared with her family and friends and made her home very special to all who knew and loved her.
Julia is survived by her loving husband, Roland; and her three daughters and their spouses, Jewel and Danny Keenan of Keystone Heights, Fla., Rolanda and Bill Leary of Naples, Maine, and Naomi and Wilbur Shardlow of West Gardiner. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Garrett Keenan, Tara Boyles, Vickie Quattlebaum, Michelle Leary, Jeffery Leary, Nicole Willey and Tyson Shardlow. Julia leaves 13 great-grandchildren; and many special friends, especially Ellie and Lillian. The family thanks the in-home support staff, Sue, Ruth, Michelle, Veronica and Crystal and the Comfort Care staff at Penobscot Valley Hospital for all of their kind and caring support of Julia during her final days. Bless you.
Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at First United Methodist Church of Lincoln with the Rev. Roy Richardson officiating. There will be a reception at the church fellowship hall after the funeral and then a procession to East Millinocket Cemetery for committal and interment. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at