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Alma Hoffman - February 06, 2014


Alma Hoffman was born on Oct. 18,1918 at Henderson, Neb. She was the seventh of nine children born to George and Katherine (Epp) Friesen. Three of Alma’s older brothers had died before her birth.
The family moved to a farm north of Madrid, Neb. in 1926 and Alma graduated from Madrid High School in 1936. After school, Alma worked for neighbors assisting with the housework and helping with young families.
Alma was married to Darryl Hoffman on March 5, 1939 at the Methodist Parsonage in Grant. They lived on a farm southwest of Grant, Neb. starting out with some broken down machinery. They also received a gift from her parents of two cows, some pigs, and a dozen chickens and a small amount of cash from Darryl’s parents.
In 1948 they bought a farm south of Clarks, Neb. where they lived until 1951. They moved to Pleasanton, Neb. and farmed in that area until 1954 when they moved to Nelson, Neb. where they operated a grocery store for several years. In 1959 they returned to Grant and Alma worked at the Gamble’s Store for 15 years. In 1979 Darryl and Alma managed Sunset Haven for five years.
Darryl died in 1998 and Alma continued to maintain her home in Grant until 2007 when she moved to Westview Retirement Community and Park Ridge Assisted Living in 2009. Alma had been failing in health and had been admitted to Golden Ours Convalescent Home last week where she died early Sunday morning, Feb. 2, 2014 at the age of 95.
Alma was a past member of the CWC extension club. She belonged to the United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. She normally acted as the secretary in these different organizations. Alma was an excellent cook and baker. She was well known to her family and friends for her “delicious” holiday cookies.
In addition to her husband, Alma was preceded in death by six brothers, one sister, and a son-in-law, John Moritz.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Moritz of Lawrence, Kan. and Billie (Marty) Shelton of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one son, Jack Hoffman in Arizona; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. (A great-great grandchild is due in May) one sister, Lavina Brixius in Oregon; other relatives and friends.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Burial of cremains will occur at a later date in the Fairview Grant Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.