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Sydawna R. Hoke
01/29/1926 — 09/01/2005
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Burley, Idaho
Sydawna R. Hoke
Sydawna R. Hoke, 78, a 57 year resident of Richland, WA, died September 1, 2005, in Richland. Born January 29, 1926, in Burley, Idaho, she was the 3rd oldest of 9 siblings. The family moved to Richland in 1944, after her mother died in childbirth. She quickly took over the role of caretaker of her younger brother and sisters. After high school, she worked at the Hanford bus station where she met her future husband, a handsome sergeant on patrol duty. She worked as a secretary for UNC in various locations including the N Reactor and the Federal Building. She was a well liked and respected secretary. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served diligently in numerous callings including as a loved primary teacher. She loved the Temple and served as a temple worker in the Seattle Temple for several years. She supported her sons in numerous sporting endeavors and attended numerous basketball games to support her sons. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them, buying them gifts, and reading to them. We will miss our dear sweet angel, wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Your legacy is carried forth by those you touched with your love. Sydawna is survived by her husband, James Hoke of Richland; sisters, Doris Lammert of Pacific, WA, Nadine Lewis Hackney of Kennewick, WA, Beverly Gilkerson of Walla Walla, WA, Connie Tant of Wilson, NC; son, Michael and Nancy Hoke of Riverside, CA and grandson, Jason Hoke; son, Pat and Priscilla Hoke of Phoenix, AZ and grandsons, Joshua, Cory, Curtis and Tommy Hoke; son, Mark and Jan Hoke of Richland, WA and grandchildren, Emma, Michael, Madeline and Spencer Hoke; one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ree Lavon Roberts; brothers, Gordon and Keith Roberts; sisters, Elaine Tanner and Clarice Roberts. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2005, at the LDS Gage Chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the church from 11:30 to 12:45 Tuesday.
My heart felt sympathy to Sydawn’s husband, and my father, James Hoke and their three sons and my half brothers, Michael, Patrick and Mark.
Sydawn’s remarkable strength inspired me. She had both a transendent and physical beauty that spoke, without words, of her love of God.
She reached out, with healing words, to me and I will forever be grateful to her.