Merilyn Moore Hobbs
Carmel Valley - Merilyn Moore Hobbs of Carmel Valley passed away peacefully on December 22, 2020. She was 93.
Merilyn was born in Oakland, CA on July 5, 1927 to Isabel and Wirth Moore and moved to the Salinas Valley as a young child. She attended Lincoln School, Salinas High School, and graduated from Katharine Branson School in Ross, CA, where she was senior class president. She attended U.C. Berkeley and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. While at CAL, she met her perfect match, George "Bud" Hobbs. They were married at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salinas on August 5, 1950. Bud and Merilyn were longtime "Bear Backers" and thoroughly enjoyed gathering with friends and family for the "Big Game" every year. They were gourmet cooks who never shied away from a recipe and enjoyed a never-ending game of gin rummy. They were adventurous travelers and loved exploring the world together.
Merilyn will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother who volunteered for many philanthropic organizations. She was a leader for her daughters' Bluebirds and Campfire Girls troops, a "Pink Lady" at Natividad Hospital, and was a member of the Junior League of Monterey County, Entre Nous Society, Nitecaps, and Corral de Tierra Country Club. As a breast cancer survivor, she spent many years volunteering and supporting women in the American Cancer Society's "Reach for Recovery" program.
Merilyn was fiercely independent, loved adventure, and was the life of any party. Even after Bud passed away in 2000, Merilyn took mother-daughter trips to Europe and Asia with each of her daughters and never missed a chance to spend time with her grandchildren. She visited them in college, danced at all four of their weddings, hosted countless Rio Grill lunch dates, and flew across the country and abroad to see them and their families. Her family was her world.
As two only-children, Merilyn and Bud were extremely proud of the family they built, which now includes 22 people. She is survived by her daughters, Julie Bryan (Tom) of Carmel and Tracy Jones (Jeff) of Carmel Valley; her four grandchildren, Jim Bryan (Jessie), Brian Jones (Tawnia), Kate Sedano (Jason), and Sarah Rediske (Carl); and 10 great-grandchildren.
Merilyn's family is incredibly grateful to Sunrise of Monterey's Reminiscence Community, especially May and Oscar, as well as Bridge Hospice, especially Nancy, for the kindness, compassion, and care they provided.
Private family services and interment will be held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley. Merilyn was an avid dog lover and mother to several rescue dogs over the years, and so the family asks that donations made in Merilyn's honor be sent to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (P.O. Box 51554 Pacific Grove, CA 93950) or SPCA Monterey County (P.O. Box 3058 Monterey, CA 93942).
Published in The Salinas Californian from Dec. 30, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021.