Bernice Kathryn Hobart passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, after a joyous family reunion in San Diego. Bernice was born in 1914 in Los Angeles. She earned her degree in art at Los Angeles City College (now UCLA) and began working for Disney as an illustrator.
She married Charles (Stan) Hobart in 1940. After a three-year separation during the war, they started a family and moved to La Canada, Calif. After Stan's retirement, they moved to Carson City, Nev., where she was an active volunteer at the Carson Senior Center.
After the death of Stan, she met her second love, George Sager. The couple spent the next 20 years traveling and once again, she volunteered at the Dayton Senior Center.
Upon the death of George, she moved to the Wood River Valley to live with her two daughters, where she again volunteered at the Hailey Senior Center and loved her new friends and all their wonderful trips and adventures.
Bernice was a dedicated and much-loved volunteer at the animal shelter, known for her handmade cat beds. An avid reader, she became an expert on English history. Nothing was more important to Bernice than family, where she was the beloved matriarch.
She is survived by her daughters, Janice (Thadd) Blanton and Marilyn Terry; grandsons, Colton Terry of Lake Tahoe, Ken Scott of Los Angeles and Bo Blanton of Daytona Beach; granddaughters, Jennie Nelson of San Diego, Christina Terry Dorlig of San Diego, Holly Nelson of Salt Lake City, and Caitlin Blanton of St. Petersburg, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Amelia Owen, husbands Charles (Stan) Hobart and George Sager, and son-in-law Christopher Terry.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at the Hailey Cemetery with Rev. Shawn Carty officiating. A reception will follow the services at the Blaine County Senior Center.
The family suggests donations to the "Garfield Society" Fund at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley to help care for adult cats awaiting adoption.
Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey.