Happy Birthday Mrs. Carrie: Houston woman turns 100 years old

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HOUSTON — Few of us are fortunate enough to live a full and rich life — and even fewer are blessed enough to live a full and rich life for 100 years!

A Richmond native, Carrie Bell Cunningham Hobbs was born Sept. 7, 1916 to parents Silas and Cynthia Cunningham. Mrs. Carrie relocated to Houston’s Third Ward to live with her aunt and uncle after her father, who was a cotton farmer, passed away.

The eighth of nine children, she attended Blackshear Elementary and graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1935, according to the family.

She found love and married the late Robert Taylor Hobbs in October 1938. During their marriage, the couple had three children — Patricia Hobbs Smith, Robert Hobbs, Jr., and Valresa Hobbs White.

She has worked as a cafeteria worker at the University of Houston, HISD, and Harris County Court House — all while teaching private piano lessons after work.  Carrie and Robert lived in Vallejo, California between 1940 and 1946 where they both worked on Mare Island, which had to be accessed by boat.  They were there when bombs were dropped in Hawaii, sparking WWII.

Mrs. Carrie has touched many lives over the years with her giving nature and her love of music, the family said. At an early age, she was introduced to the piano by her aunt and cousins. Mrs. Carrie played the piano at various churches for many years and was a musician at Progressive New Hope Baptist Church in Third Ward for over 30 years until her health began to fail, the family said.

The Hobbs family is hosting a birthday party for Mrs. Carrie Sunday at 2 p.m. inside the Colony Health and Rehabilitation Center at 4710 Lexington St.

Happy 100th birthday, Mrs. Carrie!