Penelope (Penny) Alice Hoblin
North Danville, Vt. — Penelope (Penny) Alice Hoblin died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at home surrounded by family in North Danville. She was born Nov. 17, 1950, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., to Walter Bond (Bud) Hoblin and Florence (Lorry) Gebler Hoblin. Penny grew up in Bedford Village, N.Y., and on a hill farm in Mud City, outside of Stowe, Vt.
She graduated from Stowe High School and studied in the Fine Arts Program at Boston University, later becoming an accomplished artist working in watercolors, collage, sculpture and jewelry. In Vermont she had showings at the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; The Round Barn in Waitsfield; and at Gallery 2 in Woodstock. Her work was also published in the Women Workers calendar. She collected Zuni fetishes, Native American jewelry, and Polish pottery. She loved days spent in the water and on the shores of the Kennebec River where it meets the Atlantic at Popham Beach, Maine.
A resident of Newbury Village, Vt., from 1988 to 2000, Penny was instrumental in writing grants for the restoration of the 1829 Methodist Church there, raising some $80,000 for important repairs to the steeple, and then closely following the work. She also wrote community grants for other restoration projects in Newbury. “She was a very talented woman in so many areas,” said a colleague who worked with her on the church.
Penny had a huge heart and was a very good friend to many. She was an accomplished horsewoman, in later years practicing dressage, and was a successful trainer of horses. Her life-long work included special success rehabilitating horses, and she worked with the equine therapeutic group, High Horses.
She also had a professional career as a gardener and landscaper, working as Earth Art Landscaping, most notably as head designer and gardener at the Lake Morey Inn and Golf Course. Her friends remember that she knew the names of all the plants, and all the birds.
Penny is survived by her mother Florence (Lorry) G. Hoblin, of Woodstock, Vt.; her sister, Nancy Lee Hoblin, also of Woodstock; her brother, Harry Parker (Skip) Hoblin of Wenham, Mass.; her sons, Schuyler Bond Nicholson of Sheffield, England, and Alexander Francis Nicholson of Danville, Vt.; her faithful longtime partner, Paul A. Ide, of Danville; and his children, Knight Kuhl Ide of Newark, Lilias McAlpin Ide of East Burke, and Linden Paul Ide of West Burke, Vermont.
Donations in Penny’s name may be made to the Caledonia Home Health Care and Hospice, 165 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819 or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Hanover, N.H.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m., in the horse barn at Penny and Paul’s home in North Danville.