Elizabeth Anne Hoff

09/04/1912 — 05/22/2003

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Antler, North Dakota

Elizabeth Anne Hoff

ELIZABETH BETTY ANNE HOFF - RICHLAND

BETTY WAS BORN SEPTEMBER 4, 1912 TO JOHN AND JANE IRVING IN ANTLER NORTH DAKOTA. AT AN EARLY AGE HER FAMILY MOVED TO MINTON SASKA TCHEWAN TO LIVE WITH GRANDPARENTS ABE AND JEAN DINWOODIE. HER EARLY LIFE WAS SPENT ON THE FARM HEARDING CATTLE AND ATTENDING A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE CALLED BIG FOUR. BETTY REALIZED THAT SHE DIDN'T WANT TO BE A FARMER ALL HER LIFE AND MOVED TO CEYLON SO SHE COULD COMPLETE HER 11TH AND 12TH GRADE. SHE LIVED WITH A FAMILY AND WORKED FOR HER ROOM AND BOARD WHILE ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER GRADUATION, BETTY ATTENDED REGINA TEACHERS COLLEGE. SHE RETURNED TO MINTON AND BEGAN TEACHING IN THE SAME BIG FOUR SCHOOL. SHE WAS THE ONLY TEACHER FOR GRADES ONE-TEN. THREE YEARS LATER SHE MET JOHN HOFF AND THEY WERE MARRIED AT CROSBY NORTH DAKOTA JULY 9,1936. SHE TAUGHT FOR TWO MORE YEARS BEFORE MOVING TO EMO ONTERIO WHERE SON RICHARD WAS BORN. IN 1944 THE FAMILY MOVED TO LOS ANGELES AND SON DEAN WAS BORN. IN 1948 AFTER A BRIEF STOP IN SPOKANE, THE HOFF FAMILY ARRIVED IN NORTH RICHLAND TRAILER CAMP WHERE JOHN WORKED FOR GENERAL ELECTRIC. LIFE WAS GOOD, AND BETTY WOULD OFTEN RECALL HER YEARS IN NORTH RICHLAND AS THE BEST. SHE BEGAN WORKING IN THE KITCHEN AT JOHN BALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A CAREER THAT WOULD CONTINUE AT JEFFERSON AND CHIEF JO UNTIL 1977. BETTY LOVED HER TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AT CHIEF JO, AND OFTEN BRAGGED ABOUT HOW MANY SHE SERVED ON CHILI AND CINNAMON ROLL DAYS. BETTY ALSO WORKED IN THE KITCHEN AT KADLEC FOR OVER 25 YEARS.

BETTY WAS PRECEEDED IN DEATH BY HER ONE AND ONLY LOVE JOHN IN 1958. HER SISTER ISABEL AND BROTHER HERB ALSO PRECEED HER. SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER SISTER, JESSIE YOUNKER IN LANGLEY MANITOBA, SON RICHARD AND WIFE SHER IN CARLSBAD CALIFORNIA, SON DEAN AND WIFE JOANN, WHOM BETTY CALLED HER DAUGHTER SHE NEVER HAD, IN RICHLAND, SIX GRANDCHILDREN, KIMBERLY, RYAN WIFE CAMILLE,AND ERIK IN THE TRI-CITIES, DARREN WIFE CYNNDIE, SABRA HUSBAND JEFFERY, AND TAYLOR IN CALIFORNIA. THIRTEEN GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, KEVIN, ETHAN, JESSICA, LINNEA, MEGHAN, AND GRADY IN THE TRI-CITIES AND NIKOLAUS, JARED, JAKE, COLE, NOLAN, MADISON, AND RILEY IN CALIFORNIA.

BETTY WAS A TRULY AMAZING WOMEN. SHE DISCOVERED WALKING LATE IN LIFE AND WOULD WALK 3 MILES EVERY MORNING AT CHIEF JO TRACK. SHE WOULD CONTINUE WALKING UNTIL SHE BECAME ILL IN 1999.

BETTY LOVED TO KNIT. SHE WOULD KNIT 100'S OF MITTENS EACH YEAR AND DONATE THEM TO SCHOOLS AND THE MCDONALD CHRISTMAS TREE.

SHE HAD UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR HER FAMILY AND IS FONDLY REMEMBERED AS GRAM BY ALL HER GRANDCHILDREN.

HER FAVORITE VACATION SPOT WAS CANNON BEACH. EACH YEAR SHE LOOKED FORWARD TO THE LONG WALKS WITH DEAN AND JOANN AND BUILDING GREAT SAND CASTLES WITH HER GRANDCHILDREN.

BETTY PUT EVERYONES NEEDS AHEAD OF HERS. SHE WAS TRULY LOVED BY ALL THAT MET HER.

BETTY WAS A MEMBER OF THE RICHLAND CHURCH OF CHRIST.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT EINAN'S IN RICHLA'ND TUESDAY MAY 27, AT 3:00. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS MAY BE MADE IN BETTY'S NAME TO THE GARDEN PROJECT AT KADLEC MEDICAL CENTER, IN -CARE OF THE KADLEC FOUNDATION 888 SWIFT BLVD, RICHLAND, WA 99352.

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  • My deepest sympathy.To all the family

    Eleanor Sevigny
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Dear Dean and Joanne and family,

    When I read the obituary in the Herald, I cried, but soon after, I said to myself “it is okay, Betty was ready to go HOME “. I met Betty at Quail Hollow over two years ago when I placed my mother there, and then, again, at Beverly last Fall when my mother was placed there. Betty’s spirit hadn’t changed since I had last seen her. Like my mother, Betty, showed a strong will, a vivacious personality, and a warmth that connected with me and my children when we hugged her, held her hands or fed her. We always made sure to say hello to Betty. We are all saddened by her passing, but we know that she is now resting and safe. Reading her obituary allowed us to get to know her even better. Now, we understand everything we felt when we connected with Betty. Our love and symmpathy, Delia, Sara and David Gonzalez

    Delia Gonzalez
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Dick, Dean, and family. We were sad to hear about aunt Betty passing away, yet happy knowing she is in a better place. Aunt Betty had a special place in our hearts – Martha’s read her e-mail, my kids and myself. All the Canadian family will miss her. We always enjoyed her visits in the summer and she loved picking the weeds in our garden we loved that too. We cherish her memory. We are sorry we couldn’t make the memorial. Our prayers and best wishes are for you all. Larry Hoff

    Larry Hoff
    November 4, 2014
    Delta, BC, CA
  • Hoff Family, you are truly blessed to have had Betty as a part of your lives. I knew her for only a few years while I worked at Kadlec, but I will always remember her and I feel very lucky for that. She is a great lady. With my sympathies, Ted

    Ted Myers
    November 4, 2014
    Renton, WA, US
  • Dean, Joann, Richard and Family:

    I’m terribly sorry that I only heard today about your mother. Our network has blocked all Sandstorms and so I’ve not received any messages for a couple of months.

    Among my fondest memories of growing up across the street from the Hoffs were those of how kind Betty and your father, too! was to me. I’ll cherish those hours and days we spent at your house, sleeping out–protected by your dog, Skip–playing AllStar baseball, and so on.

    With tears and deepest condolences,

    Jim

    James Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Marietta, GA, US
  • Dean

    My name is Lee Geissel, don’t know if you remember me or not, I lived at 1400 Thayer, we were neighbors,and went to Chief Jo together1957-58 We had a lot of fun going downtown, playing pinball, bowling ally, community center, etc.

    I read in the Tri City Hearld where your Mom passd away. I rembember her, your brother, and all the memories start coming back!

    Anyway, this is just to express my sympathy and all the best to you and your family…

    Lee

    Lee Geissel
    November 4, 2014
    Umatilla, OR, US
  • My deepest sympathy.To all the family

    Eleanor Sevigny
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Dear Dean and Joanne and family,

    When I read the obituary in the Herald, I cried, but soon after, I said to myself “it is okay, Betty was ready to go HOME “. I met Betty at Quail Hollow over two years ago when I placed my mother there, and then, again, at Beverly last Fall when my mother was placed there. Betty’s spirit hadn’t changed since I had last seen her. Like my mother, Betty, showed a strong will, a vivacious personality, and a warmth that connected with me and my children when we hugged her, held her hands or fed her. We always made sure to say hello to Betty. We are all saddened by her passing, but we know that she is now resting and safe. Reading her obituary allowed us to get to know her even better. Now, we understand everything we felt when we connected with Betty. Our love and symmpathy, Delia, Sara and David Gonzalez

    Delia Gonzalez
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Dick, Dean, and family. We were sad to hear about aunt Betty passing away, yet happy knowing she is in a better place. Aunt Betty had a special place in our hearts – Martha’s read her e-mail, my kids and myself. All the Canadian family will miss her. We always enjoyed her visits in the summer and she loved picking the weeds in our garden we loved that too. We cherish her memory. We are sorry we couldn’t make the memorial. Our prayers and best wishes are for you all. Larry Hoff

    Larry Hoff
    November 4, 2014
    Delta, BC, CA
  • Hoff Family, you are truly blessed to have had Betty as a part of your lives. I knew her for only a few years while I worked at Kadlec, but I will always remember her and I feel very lucky for that. She is a great lady. With my sympathies, Ted

    Ted Myers
    November 4, 2014
    Renton, WA, US
  • Dean, Joann, Richard and Family:

    I’m terribly sorry that I only heard today about your mother. Our network has blocked all Sandstorms and so I’ve not received any messages for a couple of months.

    Among my fondest memories of growing up across the street from the Hoffs were those of how kind Betty and your father, too! was to me. I’ll cherish those hours and days we spent at your house, sleeping out–protected by your dog, Skip–playing AllStar baseball, and so on.

    With tears and deepest condolences,

    Jim

    James Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Marietta, GA, US
  • Dean

    My name is Lee Geissel, don’t know if you remember me or not, I lived at 1400 Thayer, we were neighbors,and went to Chief Jo together1957-58 We had a lot of fun going downtown, playing pinball, bowling ally, community center, etc.

    I read in the Tri City Hearld where your Mom passd away. I rembember her, your brother, and all the memories start coming back!

    Anyway, this is just to express my sympathy and all the best to you and your family…

    Lee

    Lee Geissel
    November 4, 2014
    Umatilla, OR, US