Sarah LaVoun Hoffman was born Feb. 25, 1921, in McPherson, Kansas to Olen and Elsie John. When she was six, the family moved to southeast Missouri where she attended rural one-room schools and a very small high school.
After two years of college in McPherson she started her teaching career with four years in Fisk, Missouri. In May of 1943, she married Virgil M. Hoffman and, in July, they came to Washington to accept a job in the elementary school in Sumas. She continued her education at Western Washington University, earning her B.A. and 2 more years of credits. She continued teaching in the Nooksack Valley School District for 39 years, retiring in 1983. She taught from third grade to eighth grade but mostly 5th grade.
On their 50th anniversary, she and Virgil moved into a new home on Markworth Road. Both were very active in Church. They started attending Sunrise Baptist in Custer in 1969. LaVoun had many interests; she enjoyed reading, music, needlework, gardening, and homemaking.
Her husband, Virgil, died in 2007. She is also preceded in death by her brothers; Gilbert John and George John. She is survived by her brother, James of Blaine; sisters-in-law, Daphne John of Florence, Oregon, and Jan John of Las Vegas, Nevada; 13 nieces and nephews, 17 grand-nieces and nephews, 15 great-grand nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
A graveside service will take place at Greenacres Memorial Park on Friday, September 18th at 1:00pm with a memorial service and reception to take place at Sunrise Baptist on Sunday, September 20th at 5:30pm.
Memorials may be made to Sunrise Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.
- Date & Time: Sep 20, 2015 (No Time)
- Venue: Sunrise Baptist Church
- Location: 2480 W Badger Rd Custer, WA 98240 - (Get Directions)