Alice Gilland Hobson, 99 of Boulder Colo., passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012

October, 18, 1912 – April 3, 2012, Alice Gilland Hobson, daughter of George and Margaret Gilland, was born October 18, 1912 on a farm near Morgan, Minnesota, the youngest of 12. At the age of 9 she moved from the farm to Sleepy Eye. 

After high school she attended ‘normal’ training or teachers’ training.  Alice then taught elementary school for 9 years at Evan, Clarkfield and Springfield, Minnesota and Frederick, Wisconsin. Deciding teaching was not her calling, she then worked as a medical secretary in Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, and Des Moines.It was in Des Moines that she met her husband, Howard, on a blind date.  They were married in 1948 in her sister Ann’s home and then moved to Emmetsburg, Iowa, where Howard took over his father’s optometry practice.  Alice enjoyed bridge clubs, sewing club, gardening, and PEO where she was renowned for her pie-making.  Howard and Alice traveled extensively in the United States, sightseeing and rock hunting.  They amassed a sizeable rock collection which was later given to the Emmetsburg Library.   They also traveled on tours to over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. In 1993, a few years after Howard died, Alice moved to Boulder, Colorado to be nearer to her daughter and grandson. There she lived in independent living, where sister Ruth Gilland joined her for several years. Then she moved to assisted living and finally a skilled nursing facility. Alice became an avid Rockies baseball fan and had season tickets many years, last when she was 98 years old. In addition to following sports, she also enjoyed reading, playing cards and backgammon, and doing crossword puzzles.

Alice is survived by daughter, Jill; grandson, Ethan, and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held in Boulder, CO. Memorials can be sent to Cottey College, Nevada, MO. Condolences can be sent to