Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ NEVA BELLE (FUGATE) HOFF
Neva Belle FUGATE HOFF, daughter of James E. and Bell C. HALL FUGATE, was born May 26, 1904 in Ringgold County, Iowa,
and passed away August 1, 1992 at Cooper County Hospital in Booneville, Missouri. She spent all of her life near
Beaconsfield, Ellston and Kellerton.
Neva was of a family of 12 children, five boys and seven girls, all of whom preceded
her in death. She devoted her life to her family and profession, as a dietician at the Grand Valley School System from
1952 to 1974. She was a long time member of the Christian Church in Kellerton, Iowa and a member of Valentine
Rebekah Lodge #528.
To all her many friends, relatives and family, she will be remembered as always being there
for them, ready to lend an unselfish hand, a kind word of sympathy or encouragement. She was loved dearly by her
family and friends. She was steadfast in her belief in God and enjoyed her church.
On Jly 25, 1922, she married
Byron James HOFF, and to this union five children were born, three of whom survive, Gail Marie BEEDE of Converse,
Louisiana, Viviene Louise FARMER of Booneville, Missouri and Verlyn Ray HOFF of Thornton, Colorado.
survived by her three children and their spouses, Homer, Roger and Carol; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron; two sons, Gene Raymond and Bernard Edward; her mother and father;
five brothers; six sisters; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.Miss Me - But Let Me Go.
When I came to the end of the road,
the sun has set for me -
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
- why cry for a soul set free?
For this is a journey wel all must take
and each must go alone -
part of the Master's plan -
a step on the road to home -
Miss me a little -- but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low -
Remember the love we shared - you and I --
miss me - but let me go-
WHen you are lonely - got to our family and friends we know,
and bury your sorrow in doing good deeds -
Miss Me - But Let Me Go-
Funeral services were held August 5, 1992 from the First Christian Church
in Kellerton, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Merlin WILKINS and Rev. Cela FUGATE. Music was provided by Mrs. Merlin
WILKINS and Greg FARMER.
Casketbearers were Mark HOFF, Tom GILES, Dean FUGATE, Greg FARMER, David FARMER and
Richard FARMER. Burial was in Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton, Iowa.
Graveside rites were conducted by Valentine
Rebekah Lodge #528 of Kellerton, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2012
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