Sonia Chase Hodson


Sonia Chase Hodson, 97, died on March 17, 2017, after a lifetime of laughter, curiosity, and an affinity for all living things. She was born to Stuart Chase and Margaret Hatfield on Feb. 21, 1920, in Washington, D.C., then lived in Croton-on-Hudson, where she attended the progressive Hessian Hills School, founded by her parents.

She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., in 1942. After graduation, she spent time in California, working for Lockheed as a welder of fuel tanks for the P-38 airplane used in WWII.

In 1954, her husband, William Hodson, who worked for UNESCO in France, died in a plane crash returning to the United States. Sonia and her three young children then left Versailles and returned to the United States, living in Hollin Hills, Alexandria, Va.

Sonia was a sculptor, a jewelry maker, and a builder of spiritual gardens, where friends found peace, tranquility, and the opportunity to honor the earth. She spent summers at her Quansoo house in Chilmark from 1971 to 2001.

Sonia met her partner of 38 years, William Enoch, in 1978, at Findhorn Community in Scotland, and eventually moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico, where they lived since 1992. Sonia and Bill traveled the world together, with a focus on learning the history of other cultures, visiting ancient cathedrals, and studying the early culture and history of England and Scotland. In later years, it became a life mission to honor the land, culture, and history of Abiquiu and the Southwest.

She leaves her partner, William Enoch; a son, William Alan Hodson, of Putney, Vt., and a daughter, Anika Hodson, of Abiquiu. She also leaves six grandchildren: Bryce Hodson and his wife, Louise; Nicholas Hodson and his wife, Tara; and Phoebe Hodson, all of Putney; Kieran Maloney and his partner, Natalie Rentz; Owen Maloney and his wife, Erica, of West Tisbury; and Russell Hodson of West Tisbury. She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Isabella and Eliza Hodson, and Leona and Ruth Maloney. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Chase, and her daughter, Kristin Maloney of Chilmark.

A memorial service for family and friends will take place at a later date.