Mary Ann (Hobbs) Cantrell, 88, of Dover Delaware passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, March 17.  Born September 23, 1923, in Nacozari, Mexico. She was the daughter of the late Suzanna Aguirre and Lee Thomas (Greenhaw) Hobbs. She was a 1950 graduate of Biola University of Los Angeles California with a degree in education.


Mary Ann (Hobbs) Cantrell, 88, of Dover Delaware passed away peacefully in her home Saturday, March 17.  Born September 23, 1923, in Nacozari, Mexico. She was the daughter of the late Suzanna Aguirre and Lee Thomas (Greenhaw) Hobbs. She was a 1950 graduate of Biola University of Los Angeles California with a degree in education.

Mary was a missionary with Youth Home Missions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho for two years. She was the president of the Denver Colorado Christian Business Women’s Association from1954-1955 when she met and then married Woodrow Cantrell, Jr. in 1956.  Mary worked for Civil Service  for 22 years, 14 of them at Dover Air Force Base, retiring in 1986. She was also a lecturer for Weight Watchers and an independent Circulation Manager  for the Philadelphia Inquirer for all of Kent County Delaware. An avid traveler Mary spent many years traveling cross country and had been to all 50 states, including a trip to Alaska from Delaware in a motorhome.

Gifted with a talent for all forms of needle work, Mary taught needlework through A.C. Moore, Dover Parks and Recreation and volunteered teaching  knitting at Central Middle School. She received numerous awards through the Delaware State Fair for her knitting, sewing and embroidery. She received the Anne T. Minner Award in 2007 through the Delaware State Fair for her participation in the Needlework Department. She was a former president of the Knit and Stitch Club. Machine knitting was her true passion and she earned her teaching certificate for it while living in Japan.

She is survived by her husband Woodrow Cantrell, Jr. of 55 years. A son Ron Cantrell of Ocean City, Maryland, and his children James Cantrell of Denver, Colorado, and Christina Bennett of Magnolia, Delaware. A daughter Rhonda Applebaum and husband James Applebaum and their son Ian of East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania. A sister Venie Zier of Fresno, California, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Hobbs.

Letters of condolences can be sent by contacting marycanknit@comcast.net. A Celebration of Life is planned for June.