June Elizabeth Hobbs, 81, naval base secretary

February 07, 2004

June Elizabeth Hobbs, a former secretary who enjoyed roaming the seas and waterways of the world with her husband, died from complications of dementia Monday. She was 81 and a former Northeast Baltimore resident.

She was born and reared June Elizabeth Brown in Mullens, W.Va. After graduating from secretarial school in the late 1930s, she worked as a secretary at the Norfolk, Va., naval base.

In the 1940s, she moved to Baltimore, where she met her husband, James D. Hobbs, who captained oceanographic research vessels operated by the Navy's Military Service Transportation System. The couple married in 1963.

Mrs. Hobbs accompanied her husband on the 1968 expedition that located the wreckage of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion. The vessel and its 99 crew members were lost earlier that year southwest of the Azores in 10,000 feet of water.

Mrs. Hobbs and her husband also traveled the world when he worked on undersea research vessels operated by explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Mrs. Hobbs had also worked as a host aboard the Port Welcome, the former Baltimore tour boat, of which her husband was master. Mr. Hobbs died in 1994.

She was an avid collector of teddy bears and still had the first one given her in 1923, family members said. She also enjoyed vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Mrs. Hobbs was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville, where services were held Thursday.

Mrs. Hobbs is survived by her daughter, Sharon C. Baker of Timonium; a brother, Clyde Brown of Fairmount, W.Va.; a sister, Maxine Dematties of Charlotte, N.C.; and a grandson.

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