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Barbara Louise Gremley Hodgman
Barbara Hodgman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away in her sleep at the age of 96 at her home in Miami, Florida on Sunday, August 28, 2022. She was born on July 22, 1926, in Noank, Connecticut, the only child of Herbert Davis Gremley and Mary Collins Gremley.
Barbara loved playing piano and singing. She graduated both from Fitch High School, where she played piano in the school orchestra, and from the Teachers College of Connecticut. She was a kindergarten teacher for many years and was teaching kindergarten when she met her husband, James Hodgman (Jim), a US Coast Guard Academy graduate. They married on August 22, 1949, in Mystic, Connecticut and had four children – Susan, Gregory, Douglas and Daniel. Jim and Barb were happily married for 66 years and lived in many US states, including CA, MD, RI, HI and FL
As a Coast guard family, they were transferred to a new location every few years and often traveled across the US during the summer from one coast to the other stopping and camping at national and state parks. Barbara usually led the family in song in their station wagon as they traveled to places like the Badlands, Dinosaur National Park, and he Grand Tetons.
Barb was a whiz in the kitchen, over a campfire and in the galley of the many family boats – all of which were named The Barb in her honor. She loved boating and fishing from an early age. An avid traveler, she was adventurous and took up backpacking at age 50.
Spending summers in Ketchikan, Alaska from 1975 to 2010, Barb and Jim were active in the United Methodist Church and the Ketchikan Youth Hostel. They enjoyed good times there with visitors, friends, and family.
Barb was very active in the Kendall United Methodist Church, its Methodist Women and Branches migrant education program in Miami. She encouraged congregants to donate to Heifer International a program that provides animals such as cows, pigs and chickens to families struggling to provide for themselves in foreign countries .If you wish to honor Barbara with a donation, please consider making a contribution to Heifer International in her honor.
Barb will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her four children: Sue Churchill (George), Greg Hodgman (Sandy McTeague), Doug Hodgman, Dan Hodgman (Alexandra Gordon), and grandson, Harrison Gordon Hodgman, as well as niece Janet Haynes (Harold) and nephew Steve McDonald (Sande). She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hodgman.
The family wishes to thank Shirley Parbatti Harack for her extra special care during the past five years, as well as, Maulene Dalberry and the folks at East Ridge Home Health.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 1:00 pm at Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 SW 104th Street, Pinecrest, FL. The service will be available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxyAvEDc7X5Rdfkfb3YbzSg