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Community - April 16, 2014

Obituary: Ruth Elaine Hobar

Ruth Elaine Hobar, a native of Salinas, a resident of Menlo Park for 40 years and an employee at Sunset Magazine for 17, died under hospice care on April 3. She was 86.

Ms. Hobar was active in her communities, including volunteer work with the Girls Scouts and, in Salinas, the Peter Rabbit Chapter of the Children's Home Society.

Her passions were playing bridge and playing tennis, a sport at which she was still active at age 85 at Mission Ranch in Carmel, according to a remembrance provided by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home in Salinas. Ms. Hobar also traveled internationally.

She grew up and went to school in Salinas and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1950, she married Erik J. Hobar, who died in 1993.

She loved See's Candy chocolates, she was charming and gracious, and she had a beautiful smile that carried her through her final illness, cancer, without a complaint, according to her family.

Ms. Hobar us survived by her daughter Karen Swanson of Meridian, Idaho, and three grandsons. Her good friend, Burton Anderson of Carmel, also survives her.

A memorial service was held on April 11 at the Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel, where she attended church for 12 years.

Gifts in Ms. Hobar's name may be made to Hospice of the Central Coast and/or the Salvation Army.

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