Alta May Hoffman, 79 years
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On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, our cherished mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend Alta May (Hunt) Hoffman charted with angels into the heavenly kingdom to once again reunite and rejoice in the accompaniment of loved ones whom have made the glorious journey before her.
May was born to George and Mabel (Cox) Hunt, July 5, 1932, in Waterloo, Mont. She was the second youngest, the only girl, among four children. It is believed that her strong personality formed from the predominately male family structure; however, it is a known fact that through her family she developed a heart as big as the Hunt family's hands.
She was very close with her brothers, but Billy and May were inseparable, and he remained her lifelong confidant. She became a skilled cook working alongside her mother at the Palm Café, where she later met her future husband with a little help from her mother's coconut pie.
On March 1, 1950, she married her true love, Charlie Hoffman; together they moved to Butte and raised five wonderful boys. (This is believed to what solidified her strong personality.)
In the late 70s, May and Charlie moved to Belgrade to farm the Hoffman Family Ranch. While at the ranch, May utilized her love of gardening to build some of the most beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. In addition to the gardens, her cooking and wind chimes created a family sanctuary.
While at the ranch, she hosted many family dinners and the occasional game of Aggravation with family and friends (as long as you didn't turn the board over). In Belgrade, she also worked for the School District as a cook at the elementary school.
In 1998, May and Charlie moved back to Butte to be closer to her boys and grandchildren. Again, she hosted amazing family feasts with portions comparable to that of the entire elementary school where she worked. Every morning she would have a hot pot of coffee ready for anyone who wanted to stop by and chat. On the weekends, her house was a common place for the family to randomly gather, because in addition to coffee fresh donuts were also available.
May was full of life. She loved to live and lived to love, and she will be sorely missed, but will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known her.
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us, when adversity takes the place of prosperity, when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us, when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness and cause peace to return to our hearts.
- Washington Irving
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elroy, Edwin and Billy; daughter-in-law, Debra Hoffman; and the true love of her life, Charlie Hoffman.
She is survived by her sons, Richard, John, George, Mark (Pam) and David; grandchildren, Autumn Hoffman, Deeanna (Quinton) Queer, Richard (Kristin) Hoffman and Christopher (JD) Hoffman; and great-grandchildren. She is also survived sisters-in-law, Shirley and Dorothy Hunt; special niece, Tammy (Hunt) Thompson; and numerous other relatives. In addition May had many special friends, Sandy and Marissa Thomas, Tom and Jean Steel, Jack and Olive Smith, Ed and Gloria Dunn, the Shaw family and Shirley Perini.
We would also like to thank the numerous friends that have offered support to the family throughout the years.
A wake will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct 16, 2011, at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Memorial services will be conducted at noon on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at the Church of Latter Day Saints.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's and Our Lady of the Rockies.
Duggan Dolan Mortuary - Butte
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, MT 59701
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 16, 2011