In Memory of Frances B. Hoffer

Frances B. Hoffer
Frances B. Hoffer
Born: July 29, 1914
Died: November 30, 2016
Age: 102
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Frances B. Hoffer
July 29, 1914 - November 30, 2016
From: Nevada, IA

Frances B. Hoffer, age 102, of Nevada, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Nevada, with Pastor Chris Waddle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada. 

Born July 29, 1914, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Frances Beatrice (Moore) Hoffer was the daughter of Frank and Beatrice (Sanborn) Moore.  She grew up in Aberdeen where she graduated from high school and attended Northern State College for two years.

On October 14, 1934, Frances was united in marriage to Michael John Hoffer in Aberdeen.  The couple made their home in Nevada and was blessed with one daughter, Elinor Frances. 

Frances was employed for over 30 years at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada, retiring as a supervisor in 1979.  In 2014, at the age of 100, she delighted in attending the All-Company Reunion of the long-standing Nevada business.

Frances was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Nevada.  She also participated in Eastern Star and was a lifelong member of Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada.  Her interests were varied and included playing bridge, watching sports, cooking and baking, and fishing in Minnesota.  She had a knack for crafting and particularly enjoyed making Christmas decorations.

Survivors include her daughter, Elinor (Ron) Hobbs of Des Moines; two grandchildren, Kevin Hobbs of Johnston, and Julie (Steven Rouse) Hobbs of Lexington, KY; three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Max, and Rebecca Frances; a niece, Joy (Berj) Moore of California; and a nephew, Gene (Joanne) Moore of Arizona.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband Michael in 2002; her parents; and two brothers, Ralph Moore and Raymond Moore.

A memorial  fund has been established in Frances' name.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Frances and her family.


Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:42 AM
“Elinor and family,

I just heard of Frances' death yesterday and am so sorry for your loss. I am one of many caregivers from Home Instead that cared for your mom. I have been on medical leave and had not seen her since May. She was such a joy to care for and will be so greatly missed. She got around pretty good for a woman of 102 years. She always made me smile.

May God comfort you all during this time. May her memories carry you through until we meet again.

Patty Kint ”
- Patty Kint
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM
“So sorry to hear about your mom. I planned to attend the visitation but the weather and roads here were too bad. I'm thinking and praying for you all.”
- Barb Tininenko
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 11:41 AM
“ of Ellie & my reunion highlights was visiting your Mom in her very familiar home. She was a kind, pretty Mom who loved you with all her heart. You will miss her for the rest of your life. Confession time: I still talk to my Mom on occasion. Somehow I know she is listening. I swear at one point she was directing all the feral cats to my barn! I finally told her to stop it & no more came to be fed!
My point is...our loved ones are still around us...even though their physical body is no longer. I'm so sorry for your loss & yet so happy she lived such a long wonderful life. She will be missed by many. God Bless! ”
- Pat Hatcher
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11:00 a.m.
Monday, December 5, 2016
First United Methodist Church
Nevada, IA


Pastor Chris Waddle


Kevin Hobbs
Keith Hobson
Scott Partridge
Jerry Johnson
Larry Carsrud
Scott Huffman


1-3 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Mark Ambrose, Organist
Julie Hobbs, Flautist


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, IA