Lydia Diane Hobbs
Lydia Diane Hobbs [nee Saucedo] passed unexpectedly from a heart attack on October 31st, 2022 at the age of 67, in her home in Mount Shasta, CA.
Lydia was born on November 24th, 1954 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara to Jesse and Marie Saucedo. She grew up with her younger siblings Lorraine, Anton, and Jesse. As a child, Lydia loved spending time with her grandparents and to visit the Museum of Natural History and the beach. She was a bookworm and showed creative talent from a young age, sewing her own clothes at age 12.
After graduating from Santa Barbara High School, Lydia attended California College of Arts and Crafts to study Fine Arts. While living in the Bay Area, Lydia met Terry Lawhon, married him and had a daughter, Phoenix, in 1979. They separated in the early 80s, but decided to co-parent Phoenix together in Santa Barbara and remained lifelong friends.
In the late 1980s, Lydia joined a spiritual and meditation group. She attended their retreats in Mount Shasta, and met the love of her life, Steven Hobbs. Steven made her laugh and understood her in a way no one else did and their love was inspirational.
In Mt. Shasta, Lydia served on the board of the Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center for more than 20 years. She worked in retail and marketing and in 2012, she and her best friend Berry Deal became the co-owners of the gift and women’s clothing store Directions.
Also in 2012, Lydia became a grandmother to Tasmyn. She adored Tas and spent many hours with her doing art, baking, gardening, and just being silly together.
Lydia is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Anton O. and Elvira Petersen, her paternal grandparents Margarito and Maria Saucedo and her father Jesse David Saucedo. Lydia is survived by Steven Hobbs, her husband and partner of 32 years, her daughter Phoenix Lawhon Isler, stepchildren Rebecca, Chris and Andrew Hobbs, her mother Marie (Petersen) Lord, sister Lorraine (Saucedo) Brown, brothers Anton Saucedo and Jesse Saucedo, and their spouses, her granddaughter Tasmyn, her niece and nephew and more relatives in Santa Barbara.
Lydia was a light in the world and is deeply missed. A celebration of life event will be held at a future date in Mount Shasta, CA.