Walya Hobson's Gratefulness

Walya Hobson Talked Of Courage, Resilience & Community In The Copper Valley  Walya Hobson of Tazlina (Archive Photo, Copper River Countr...

Walya Hobson Talked Of Courage, Resilience & Community In The Copper Valley 

Walya Hobson of Tazlina (Archive Photo, Copper River Country Journal) 

The Copper River Country Journal, November 17th, 1994 

LESSONS FROM THE ELDERS IN DIFFICULT TIMES 

"My Home Is Still Warm. The Lord Gives Me Strength" 

In 1994, Walya Hobson was living alone in Tazlina in a small house on the outskirts of Glennallen. She had grown up in the Copper Valley, and was now widowed. She was not young; she had been born in Chitina, around 1914. By the time she was 26, she had married Frank Hobson, who was 38, and they already had two sons and three daughters, according to the official 1940 census. 

In the fall of 1994, Walya was 80 years old. A
s the days grew frosty and increasingly dark that November, she was well aware of the almost overwhelming daily challenges that faced her. The Copper Valley isn't an easy place to live, even if you're young. It's especially difficult when you're older. 

And yet...

Here's what she had to say to the Copper River Country Journal about courage and hope:

Something to be thankful for...
By Walya Hobson 

"I've got a lot to thank the Lord for. When I woke up this morning, it was noisy outdoors. It looked cold and dreary to me. And my car was covered with snow.

"But I am thankful the Lord watches over me. I'm just happy with the Lord, providing...

"My home is still warm. I can't keep my house clean. I'm not as strong as I used to be. But then, a lady comes around and cleans my house two times a week. And I try to keep it clean between. The Lord gives me strength, and it's wonderful.

"My granddaughter, Rhoda, next door, she cooks and brings me a meal once a day, and then she comes in and checks on me. And then she goes to the Post Office with me, so I don't have to go in and out.

"Yesterday I thought, 'She's not home.' So I went up to Glennallen. I was going to order something.

"When I went up to pay, these ladies left and said, 'Good night. Have a good night's rest.' And the waitress said, 'This lady paid for your supper.' That was something to be thankful for!

"I'm just content, in spite of this awful weather."

Rhoda & Walya in 1984, at home. (Photo, Linda Weld) 


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