Vernal Nancy Ethel (Crane) Hoffman, 90, rural El Dorado Springs, passed away in her home on Tuesday afternoon, May 10, 2016. Vernal was born Oct. 20, 1925, to Charley and Ella Crane in Cedar County.
She went to school to become a teacher and was doing that when she met and fell in love with George L. Hoffman. They wed on Sept. 6, 1946. To this union, seven children were born.
Vernal was a housewife and so much more. She assisted her husband with his trucking, hay baling and farming. She was a mom and grandma not only to her family but to their friends as well. Vernal never met a stranger who was not welcomed into her home. She especially enjoyed her life and her family.
She was a very hard worker and a wonderful Christian woman who taught her children and grandchildren to respect others and the love of our Lord. She was a member of the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church west of El Dorado Springs.
According to Vernal, family was the most important thing to her and she loved all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all of her heart. The love of God was strong within her soul and she lived her life according to His teachings.
There were times when her children were young that life did not go according to plan, but Vernal did what she could to make sure her children never went without. She loved to garden in her nightgown for all to see and watch the birds play in their birdbath which was placed outside her bedroom window. Vernal was a very ornery woman who was strong willed and loved giving family members a hard time. She was the kind of woman who had eyes in the back of her head and always knew when you werent behaving yourself.
Preceding Vernal in death were her husband, George; her parents; an infant brother; four sons – Earl Wayne, Jimmy Ray, Charles Glen and Bobby Dale; two granddaughters, Crystal Marie and DeeDee Ann; and one great-grandson, Michael Lynn.
Survivors include two sons, George Hoffman – Flemington and Carl Hoffman and wife, Linda – Nevada; one daughter, Sue Darnell and fiancé, Steve Vowels – Joplin; two daughters-in-law, Joyce Hoffman – Windsor and Jackie Hoffman – Joplin; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers are her grandsons – Kendal Hoffman, Ronnie Hoffman, Josh Darnell, Jesse Hoffman, Ben Hoffman and Ryan Janes. Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons – George Hoffman III and Bobby Hoffman, Jr.
We will all miss her very much.
Services were held Saturday, May 14, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Clevenger officiating. Burial followed in Love Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to High Hopes and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.