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Isabel K. Hobba, newspaper correspondent <br> Dec. 31, 1923 -- March 17, 2006

Isabel K. Hobba, a retired newspaper correspondent who taught nonfiction writing and was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, died Friday in Crestwood Health Care Center. She was 82.

Born in Osceola Mills, Pa., she graduated from Osceola Mills High School and worked at the Clearfield County Courthouse.

She married William L. Hobba in 1944, and they lived in Aniston, Ala. She worked as a secretary at Fort McClellan before they moved to the Town of Niagara in 1947.

For 28 years, she covered the Town of Niagara and the Niagara-Wheatfield School District for the -Niagara Falls Gazette. She also wrote freelance articles and two books. Since 2001, she edited the Town of Niagara Newsletter.

She taught nonfiction writing at Niagara County Community College.

Mrs. Hobba had been a member of the DAR since 1974 and was honorary state regent from 1998 to 2001.

She was a former member of the Town of Niagara Board of Ethics, town Zoning Board of Appeals and the Town of Niagara Republican Committee.

Mrs. Hobba also enjoyed genealogical research and travel.

Her husband died in 1987.

Survivors include two daughters, Kay A. Beyea of Ransomville and Judith A. Johnston of the Town of Niagara; four grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Niagara Presbyterian Church, 3712 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.

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