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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Nov. 29, 2010


Obituaries for Nov. 29, 2010

Hannah Hoff

Hannah Hoff, 102, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 21, 2010, at her home in Virginia.
A rosary will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances De Sales Cathedral in Baker City, with Mass of Christian burial to follow at 10 a.m.

Hannah was born Aug. 18, 1908, in Baker City to Michael and Elizabeth Hoff.  Hannah attended high school at St. Francis Academy and graduated in 1925. She then continued her education at the University of Portland and graduated in 1929. She went to work for the Department of Health in Washington D.C., and retired in 1960.

Her hobbies included: cooking, traveling, arts, reading, old movies and sports — the first thing she would look at when she got the paper was how the Washington Redskins, her favorite football team, had done. She enjoyed singing and music, and she had season tickets every year to the Kennedy Center.  She loved all music, especially classical.  She also loved dancing.

Hannah traveled all over the world, mostly with her traveling companion, Betty.  In her later years she traveled with her niece, Gail. They went on many grand adventures; and with her niece, Hannah Dalgliesh, who helped her to see many fun places, mostly to Phoenix, Ariz., for Thanksgiving and to Rome in 2000. A wonderful gift with many memories that always brings a smile. Ms. Hoff was always very generous with her gifts and made wonderful food and goodies for her friends and neighbors.

Hannah was affiliated with the Catholic Church, and she was a devout Catholic.  She sang in the choir until her mid 90s. She was a member of the Democratic Party, and volunteered in the White House doing mailings such as Christmas cards and many other things.  She also helped family members with their college education.

Hannah accomplished many things in her lifetime such as setting foot on every continent, with Antarctica being the last one, which she visited, by herself, at the age of 96. She finally slowed down by the age of 98 when she broke her hip while line dancing. She worked at the Department of Health from its beginning until she retired around 52 years. She also graduated from college when many women did not go to a university.

Hannah is survived by her nieces, Mary Liz Hoff McBride and husband Pete of Packwood, Wash., and Anna Deeny and husband Joe of Bellingham, Wash.; nephew, Pete Hoff of Wilsonville; and numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Elizabeth Hoff; her brothers, Thorton, Bill, George and Mike Sr.; her sisters, Christine, Mary and Lillian; her nieces, Betty and MaryAnn Dickerson; and her nephews, Mike Hoff III and Jim Dickerson.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis De Sales food Bank through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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