Linda Diane Jones Hobgood, 76, passed away surrounded by her family Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:14PM. Linda was a native of Oak Grove, LA and a resident of Houma, Louisiana.
Family and friends of the family are invited to attend Memorial Services for Mrs. Hobgood on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 12:00 P.M. in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe, LA with inurnment in Welcome Home Cemetery in Grayson, LA. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM. until service time on Sunday.
Linda is survived by her loving husband, John Paul Hobgood; daughters, Paula Hobgood Howard and husband Frederick and their son, Logan Paul Howard of Scottsdale, AZ; Kelly Kay Hobgood of New Orleans, LA; Linda’s brothers, Henry “Ronny” Jones and wife Sherry Jones and their son, Rick Jones; David Fluitt and wife Loretta and their children David and Claudia; Sam Fluitt, Timothy R. Jones and wife Peggy Jones and their children, Joey and Sarah; sisters, Beverly S. MacGregor and her husband Don MacGregor, Celeste S. Mounce and husband Joe Mounce and their son Jason Acosta. Linda is survived by many loving cousins, family and friends that she loved like family.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Ozell Jones and Claudia Grubbs Deal.
Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many throughout her life. In high school Linda was a feature baton twirler and played the French horn for her high school band and Captain of the drill team. Growing up in her community, she once was crowned “Miss W. Caroll Parish” in 1961 and went on to compete in the Miss LA pageant. After high school she modeled for Bess and Co. in New York for one year. She returned to LA to attend Northeast Louisiana State College (now ULM) to study Education even though she wanted to be a dancer. She was a ROCT sponsor, voted Little Colonel in 1963 and was crowned NLSC homecoming queen in 1964. While working on her masters and doctorate degrees, she was graduate assistant in the education department and also earned an EdD, specializing in Reading and Special Education.
In her adult life, she taught elementary reading and science in schools throughout Houma, LA and worked for the Terrebonne Parish school board for over 25 years. She also was a Secondary Educational Facilitator for Gifted and Talented and Special Needs programs for which she developed, until her retirement. She dedicated her life to the education of the children in Terrebonne Parish. At its opening, she was Sec-Treas for Hobco Inc for many years.
Linda was always a gifted artist. In the early years of the Dusenberry family singers she was their attire and makeup stylist, etiquette and performance coach and taught them dance and choreography. After retirement, she excelled in art classes, winning several ribbons for her lifelike water color paintings. She enjoyed traveling, camping, beach trips and shopping with family and friends.
Linda will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She was always smiling and known for her elegance, kindness and generosity. She will be forever loved by all the lives she touched as her love and legacy will live on in the many people she touched throughout her lifetime.