It is with great sadness that I report another death:
Louise (McDonald) O’Brien Hobson passed away June 2, 2016, at her beloved childhood home, Media Farm, outside of Charles Town.
She was born March 15, 1925, the daughter and only child of Major Marshall Woodrow McDonald and Ernestine (Hutter) McDonald, who predeceased her.
She was married to and divorced Richard Bishop, with whom she had one daughter, Julia (Bill) Urquhart. She then married Charles O’Brien (deceased 1986), who adopted Julia. Louise and Charles had two children, John O’Brien and Carla O’Brien (Sean) Kennedy. Many years later, she married Russell Hobson (deceased 2010). She leaves behind five grandchildren.
Louise was graduated from Charles Town High School in 1942, and Randolph-Macon Women’s College with a B.A. in Economics, 1946. She was a lifelong member of Zion Episcopal Church.
Her earlier years were enjoyed raising her children in Montclair, New Jersey, and spending their summers at Media. She and Charles retired to Media in 1968. There they enjoyed entertaining large outdoor parties during the summer, and smaller dinner parties during the winter. Their children’s friends were always welcomed and she enjoyed their company and parties as well. She was a wonderful cook, she loved to travel, and she enjoyed the theatre.
In her later years, she kept up with the news daily, and enjoyed following the stock market. Unfortunately, she was unable to stay in touch with her many dear friends and cousins. But she will always be remembered as a very sweet and loving person, and for her gracious Southern charm. A cremation will be taking place, per her wishes. A reunion and memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Episcopal Church, your local animal shelter, Poplar Forest (Lynchburg), or a charity of your choice.