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Jessie Lou Hobbs Kinnison (Meme)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
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Jessie Lou Hobbs Kinnison was born on March 8, 1940 in Bogota; the first child born to Jesse James and Doris Alene Hobbs. In 1950, she and her family moved to Seagraves on a Greyhound bus while her father was hospitalized for Tuberculosis in East Texas. After recovery, her father joined her family and continued to make life in Seagraves. Jessie died on December 6, 2021 as a result of a brief illness, being surrounded by her loving family.

Having attended Seagraves schools, Jessie graduated from Seagraves High School in 1958. She married Melvin Augustus Kinnison on August 15, 1959 at First Baptist Church in Seagraves. Their married life took them on a career journey that included Williamsburg, VA; Seagraves, TX; Slaton, TX; Earth, TX and Seminole, TX where they both worked until retirement and continued to make their home. Jessie and Melvin have been members of South Seminole Baptist Church throughout their retirement years.

Jessie spent her working career primarily in administrative support including law firms in Texas and Virginia, Pioneer Natural Gas in Seagraves and Lubbock, Springlake-Earth ISD and Gaines County Extension Agency/4H in Seminole. Jessie always worked outside the home. She was a consummate homemaker, seeing that her family had a homecooked meal, ate together, and visited about the day while seeing that her home was always welcoming.

Jessie is preceded in death by her father, Jesse James Hobbs, and her mother, Doris Alene Hobbs. She is also preceded in death by her sister, Lois Russell, and her brothers, James Hobbs, Gerald Hobbs, and Darrell Hobbs.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Melvin Kinnison; her son, Shane Kinnison and Stephanie; and her daughter, Shawnda Martin and Joe. She is also survived by her four wonderful grandsons whom she adored as their Meme: Christopher Martin and Kaitlyn, Shelden Kinnison and Claudia, Cannon Martin and Chloe, and Stetson Kinnison and Bailey. Meme is also survived by her nine precious great-grandchildren: Priscilla Kinnison, Easton Martin, Lyla Kinnison, Cingslee Martin, Reid Kinnison, Addison Martin, Brayden Martin, Boone Martin and Suzanna Kinnison.