November 17, 1950 - October 23, 2013
Obituaries » PENELOPE A. HOBLIN
HOBLIN, PENELOPE “PENNY” ALICE, of North Danville, died October 23, at home surrounded by family. She was born Nov. 17, 1950, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., to Walter Bond Hoblin and Florence Gebler Hoblin. Penny grew up in Bedford Village, N.Y., and on a hill farm in Mud City, outside of Stowe. 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, 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 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. 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) Hoblin, of Woodstock; her sister, Nancy Lee Hoblin, also of Woodstock; her brother, Harry Parker (Skip) Hoblin of Wenham, Mass.; her sons, Schuyler Nicholson of Sheffield, England, and Alexander Nicholson of Danville; her faithful longtime partner, Paul Ide of Danville; and his children, Knight Ide of Newark, Lilias Ide of East Burke, and Linden Ide of West Burke.