Betty Hoffman loved cooking and volunteering

Saturday, June 23, 2012 | 6:40 p.m. CDT; updated 7:01 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — In addition to a long history of volunteering in the Columbia area, Betty Hoffman was known for her cooking.

"Her favorite dishes to make were homemade enchiladas, egg noodles and jalapeno corn bread," Wanda Hoffman, Mrs. Hoffman's daughter-in-law, said. "We had a family dinner every Sunday."

Mrs. Hoffman of Columbia died Friday, June 22, 2012. She was 81.

Mrs. Hoffman was born Aug. 3, 1930 in Boone County to Ernest and Laura (Jackson) Chick. She married Ray B. Hoffman on May 16, 1949 in Salem, Ark.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Como Tire for almost two decades and volunteered extensively in the Columbia area.

"Her favorite volunteer position was Rainbow House," Wanda Hoffman said. "She was the resident grandma there."

Mrs. Hoffman also volunteered at the Boone Hospital Center, Columbia Regional Hospital, and Columbia Area Senior Center. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 280 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Elks Lodge in Columbia. 

She combined her love of cooking and volunteerism every year by making desserts for the annual toy drive her son Donald Hoffman started.

Mrs. Hoffman was also very proud of her children and grandchildren and their athletic abilities. 

"The entire family enjoyed sports," her granddaughter Leslie Aguilar said. "She loved to tell everyone about her kids and grandkids."

Mrs. Hoffman is survived by two sons, Donald Hoffman and his wife, Wanda, and Ronnie Hoffman and his wife, Zelpha, both of Columbia; a daughter, Brenda Dennis, and her husband, Don, of Hallsville; three siblings, Joyce Huskey of Columbia, Lu Gray of Hallsville and Patsy Usher and her husband, Ted, of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Misty Douglass and her husband, Lynn, of Centralia, Chris Dennis and his wife, Larinee, of Hannibal, Tony Hoffman of Auxvasse, Leslie Aguilar and her husband, Froylan, of Columbia and Jonathan Dennis and his wife, Kristin, of Mission, Kan.; and five great-grandchildren, Baylee Douglass of Centralia, Alexis Hoffman of Auxvasse, Fisher Young of Boonville, Jachin Dennis of Hannibal and Emma Dennis of Mission, Kan. 

Her husband; her brother, Jack Chick; her half-brother, Ernest Chick Jr.; and a granddaughter, Amber Hoffman Young, died earlier. 

Visitation will be held  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Columbia Area Senior Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 E. 

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