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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1931

OBITUARY - MRS. MARY L. HOFFMAN.

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MARY LAVINA (FERGUSON) and JOHN S. HOFFMAN

Mary L[avina]. FERGUSON, daughter of John and Martha C. FERGUSON, was born February 7, 1852, near Monmouth, Ill., and died at her home in Redding, Iowa, August 25, 1931, age 79 years, six months and 18 days. She came with her parents when two years old to Taylor county, Iowa. later the family moved to Worth county, Missouri, when she grew to womanhood.

She was united in marriage to Lewis B. WAUGH January 7, 1875, who died December 10, 1880. To this union four children were born - Mrs. Minnie ABARR, and Mrs. Clyda HOFFMAN of Redding, B. M. WAUGH of Pomeray, Ohio, and an infant daughter.

On March 21, 1883, she was united in marriage to John S. HOFFMAN, who preceded her in death October 21, 1917. To this union three children were born - Lewis Atwood who died in 1887, Florence Elton at home and Mrs. Olive MILLER of Blockton.

Early in life she came to know her Lord and gave her life to Him. To serve Him and have a part in helping His kingdom to come was the chief interest in life. She knew intimately Him whom she had believed. She was actively identified with every activity of the church as long as health permitted - helping in the Epworth League, teaching Sunday school classes.

She was a charter member of both the Woman's Home Missionary society and the W. C. T. U. Their home was always a stopping place for the minister who received their encouragement and sympathetic understanding.

She leaves to miss her besides the children two sisters - Mrs. Leota BROWN of Summerfield, Kan., and Mrs. H. LAMBERT of Grant City, Mo.; one brother, Sherman Ferguson of Woodworth, N.D.; 21 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a host of friends.

She has finished her tasks and has gone home to her Father's house to receive a well earned "well done."

NOTE: John "Sevaree" HOFFMAN, Jr., husband of Mary L. (FERGUSON) WAUGH, was born on July 4, 1841 in Indiana, and died on October 21, 1917 at Redding, Ringgold County, Iowa. He was interred at Middle Fork Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. Lewis Atwood HOFFMAN was born in 1884, and died at the age of 3 years, 21 days on June 30, 1887 with interment at Middle Fork Cemetery.

Susan (KIOUS) HOFFMAN, first wife of John "Sevaree" HOFFMAN, Jr., was born in Montgomery County, Indiana on August 23, 1847, the daughter of Nathan and Susan (DUNBAR) BISHOP KIOUS. She died in Redding, Ringgold County, Iowa, on February 19, 1881, and was interred at Middle Fork Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
Photographs submitted by anonymous, 2006

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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