Reba Hoffman, 69 LAKE CARROLL - Born June 21, 1942, in Westfield, Reba Joann Hoffman, beloved wife of Norman W. Hoffman for 47 years, passed away July 2, 2011, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by parents, Francis Burl and Louise Virgina (Grant) Brock-Jones. Reba lived a fruitful and rewarding life. She was raised in Vandalia and joined the high school band, playing the flute. Reba was first runner-up in a beauty pageant to Miss Vandalia, who went on to become Miss Illinois 1960. She was educated at Eastern Illinois University, where she met her husband, earning her B.S. degree in education, which landed her at Washington Elementary School in Belvidere, teaching third grade for most of her tenure. She was unanimously named the white rose queen by the Sigma Tau Gamma chapter in 1965 at EIU. Reba was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world's largest female patriotic service organization. In 1978-79, Reba became first lady of the Illinois Jaycees when her husband was elected president. She retired after enjoying teaching children for 35 years and shortly thereafter, moved with her husband to live full-time at the idyllic Lake Carroll in Carroll County. She enjoyed reading historical romance novels, playing scrabble, collecting dolls, going to movies, watching her favorite film, "Gone With the Wind," and trying to best the one-armed bandit in Las Vegas. Even after retirement, Reba continued her enjoyment of teaching children. She wrote literature for children, earning a diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature. Reba most enjoyed spending time with her endearing family, including her surviving husband, Norman; sons, Kurt, Jeffrey and Michael; and granddaughter, Rachel. She is also survived by her siblings, Richard (Elizabeth) Brock-Jones, Cara (Al) Rennert and Jerry (Kris) Brock-Jones and their families. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. July 6 at Hermann Funeral Home, 415 S. Main St., Pearl City. Funeral Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7, also at the Hermann Funeral Home in Pearl City. Burial will be at Lanark City Cemetery after the funeral. A memorial fund has been established for the Illinois Jaycees Foundation. Condolences may be sent through hermann funeralhome.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from July 4 to July 5, 2011