Mariana Freeman Saunders Hobson

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Mariana Freeman Saunders Hobson completed this life's journey on November 18, 2004 in Hyattsville, Maryland.

        Born February 12, 1917 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to the union of Nathan and Minnie Freeman, the eighth of ten children, she joined Asbury Methodist Church in Atlantic City in her early teens where she gave her life to Christ.

        Educated in Atlantic County Public Schools, she graduated from Egg Harbor High School in 1935 and attended Berean Industrial College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she met her husband-to-be, William L. Saunders. To this union they were blessed with five lovely children. In 1941 the family moved to Powhatan, Virginia where her husband became a minister of the gospel and was the building pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Saunders passed away in 1950 and Mariana married Spencer Hobson of Powhatan in 1952. To this union they were blessed with two lovely daughters of their own and two children of Spencer's from a previous marriage.

        The family moved back to her home state of New Jersey in 1960 where they joined the First Baptist Church of Mizpah, NJ. After both she and Spencer retired and the children were all grown and/or in college, they moved back to Powhatan to begin their retirement years. There Spencer passed away in August, 1991 after 39 years of marriage.

        Mariana was a deaconess in the Baptist Church for over 50 years, worked as a Registered Nurse at the Women's Correctional Facility in Goochland, VA and was very active in community affairs in Powhatan. She was Past Worthy Matron of Rosebud Chapter #47, Mizpah, NJ and the White Orchid Chapter #182 of Powhatan, VA, O.E.S.

        Mariana also served on the following committees; American Cancer Board, Christmas Mothers Association, PGAA Advisory Board, Powhatan Clothes Closet, VRTA, PGRTA and other charitable organizations in the Powhatan community.

        Mariana leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Irving Saunders, William Saunders and Akwasi Agyeman; four daughters, Virgil Anne Williams, Linda Mathews, Jeane Hubbard and Carolyn Hobson; Four daughters-in-law, Mary Hobson, Joyce Saunders, Wendelina Saunders and Janell Agyeman; five sister-in-laws, Nedra Rice, Adeline Marshall, Ruth Stewart, Henrietta Burke, and Courtenaye Freeman; Seventeen grandchildren (one grandson pre deceased her); Sixteen great grandchildren and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


The Children of
Mariana Freeman Saunders Hobson
acknowledge with deep love and appreciation all of the
acts of kindness, expressions of love, visits and prayers
during the illness of our mother and this time of bereavement.
You have blessed us tremendously with your
thoughtfulness and support.

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