Evelyn Iris Hodgson (Gram E)
June 22, 1921 - November 1, 2019
Resident of Pleasant Hill, California
Evelyn Hodgson passed away gracefully and peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 1 (All Saints’ Day) surrounded by family at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek. After experiencing a significant heart attack on Wednesday October 30, Evelyn asked to be kept comfortable until her passing. She was 98 years old. She is survived by her children Tom E Hodgson (Connie); her grandchildren Tom S Hodgson (Tracy), Luke Hodgson (Christina), Hannah Hodgson, and Heather Hodgson Miner (Andy); her great grandchildren Summit, Emma, James, Isla, Scarlet, and Grace; countless loving cousins, friends and chosen family.
Evelyn was born in Arlington, Texas on a horse ranch in 1921. After successfully raising horses for the Army Corps of Engineers, her family left Oklahoma for opportunities in Antioch, California.
Evelyn was 13 years old when she moved to D Street in Antioch where her neighbor and best friend Barbara Hodgson had a handsome older brother with green eyes--Tom C Hodgson. Tom and Evelyn were married in January of 1941 and raised their son Tom E Hodgson among the walnut orchards of Concord, California. Tom was the lead die maker for Fiberboard Paper Products in Antioch, was an inventor and prankster. Evelyn was an excellent seamstress, painter, cross stitcher, embroiderer, rug braider, gardener, baker, chef, wife and mother. She and Tom hosted many fabulous dinner and dance parties-the like never to be matched today. Evelyn’s pride and joy was raising her son.
After the death of her husband in 1989, Evelyn remarried his best friend and high school football teammate Bill Dickerson in 1990. They lived together in Grass Valley, California where Evelyn raised roses and kept social with the church and sewing club. She hosted family for snowy Christmases and warm summers. Her doting husband Bill passed in 1993.
Evelyn moved to Martinez, California and reclaimed the Hodgson name by marrying her first husband's cousin Robert Hodgson. They enjoyed a life of travel, gardening and grand parenting as they lived less than a mile from their grandchildren’s high school. As she grew into her 80s and 90s Evelyn kept up candy making, stylish dressing, horse riding, sewing, crafts and playing tile rummy-which she almost always won. Until the day she died, she was a generous hostess, mother and friend.
Please join us to celebrate the life of Evelyn Hodgson as she dances her way into eternity with her sweetheart.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 -- 1pm-5pm
Oak Park Hills Chapel
3111 N. Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA
Celebration of Life Church Service:
Sunday, November 10, 2019 -- 2pm
Grace Episcopal Church
130 Muir Station Road
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