Frances Madden Hobbins was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1923. She graduated from Dorchester High School for Girls in Boston in 1940 and also attended Boston Clerical School for three years. She went on to work as a telephone operator for New England Telephone and Telegraph.
Hobbins enlisted in the WAVES on 5 January 1944. She attended Hunter College, New York City, for basic training. She was stationed at Fort MacArthur, Utah, and worked at Clearfield Naval Supply Station as a courier. In 1945 Hobbins was transferred to Pearl Harbor, where she worked in re-supply. She was discharged in December of 1945.
After World War II, Hobbins lived between Arizona and Boston. In 1950 she married and settled in Arizona. After her husband’s death, she returned to Boston, where she worked in computers at IBM. Hobbins later went into civil service and worked at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in the Navy Annex in Washington, D.C. She also worked in the Navy Yard before her retirement. Frances Hobbins died 10 April 2006.