Polly Ann "PoHo" Hobbs

Sandy, Oregon

1929 - 2020


Sandy, Oregon


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Polly Ann 'PoHo' Hobbs
April 21, 1929 - July 27, 2020
Gresham resident, Polly Ann Hobbs, passed away Monday evening, July 27, 2020. She was 91.
Polly Hobbs, also known as "PoHo," was a confident accomplished artist, educator, writer, illustrator, caregiver and a mother figure and friend to many.
She started her art career her senior year of high school when she submitted the winning design for the Pasadena City float for the 1946 Pasadena Rose Parade in Los Angeles, Calif. She married Bill Hobbs Aug. 15, 1948. In the 1950's she taught private art lessons while raising her four children.
In 1960 she and her family moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., where she taught for a private college and continued working as a freelance illustrator. In 1970, after finishing her degrees at Portland State University, she began teaching Art and Drama at Rowe Middle School in Clackamas, Ore., until 1974 when she settled down at Barlow High School in Gresham teaching art and drama.
During this time, she continued illustrating children's books, cookbooks and commercial art illustrating fruit and vegetable labels for local processors. She was also chosen to illustrate the Portland Symphony Calendar two years in a row and from that exposure her demand as an artist and illustrator quickly grew.
She retired from Barlow High School in 1992 and started teaching water color painting for Mt. Hood College and several private galleries. All the while continuing to illustrate books, calendars and any other jobs that came her way. She was hired to design Nutcrackers that were manufactured in Germany then imported and distributed in America. In 1990 she started writing and illustrating her own how-to books, "Bet-chu-can-do-it Snowflakes." All five volumes were written, designed, printed and distributed by her with all proceeds going to women and children's homeless shelters in the Portland Metro area. She held many one-woman shows with her watercolors of flowers, portraits and landscapes. She specialized in teaching her own method of painting clear glass and had a large following of students.
Polly is survived by four children; daughters, Cindy (Jim) Stewart, Michal (Hobbs-Bodey) Grey; and sons, Bill (Terri) Hobbs and Matthew Hobbs; along with 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hobbs; sister, Peggy Casey; and brother, Dick Blaydes.
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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She was a wonderful person Inside and out. My favorite HS teacher.

It was with great pleasure that I took Polly’s MHCC watercolor painting class for several terms. She was a truly gifted artist and the epitome of a perfect lady; so sweet, kind, and gracious. She was loved by all who knew her.

I loved you and cherished you as my mother (in-law) for fifty one years you will stay in my heart. God Bless you Polly.

Mrs Hobbs was an inspiration and pure delight. I learned so much about art and life from her. She taught me to be strong and be myself. I later in life have come back to art and still listen to music as I paint..... as she always did in her classroom. RiP sweet Polly. You will be missed.

My condolences to the family, Cindy, Michal, Bill and Mathew, the spouses and grandchildren. Growing up Nextdoor to the Hobbs I knew Polly we’ll, and we shared a birthday! I had graduated from high school and Cindy was giving birth in Rapid City South Dakota. Prolly asked me to help her drive there so she could be there for the birth. My favorite memory of that trip was Polly reciting poetry while a lightning storm was striking in the mountains around us. I was terrified and she was...

I grew up living next door to Polly and all the Hobb’s. I have wonderful memories from those years. My live and condolences to all of you, Josi