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Barbara Hoffman


1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
BARBARA HOFFMAN Born at 12:10 a.m. on January 1, 1925 in Valparaiso, Indiana, Barbara Jewel Hoffman passed away on February 8 in Paradise, CA. The youngest of the 8 children of Harry and Bessie White she was the sole surviving member of the family. The family moved West in 1930, settling in Inglewood, CA. Barbara graduated Inglewood High School in 1942 An outstanding athlete as a teenager, she excelled in swimming, field hockey, tennis, basketball and softball. Her softball skills earned her a position at first base for the semi-pro Karl's Shoes team. During WWII she worked at North American Aviation. In 1945 she married her high school sweetheart, Lt. James J. Hoffman of the Army Air Corps. In 1955 they moved to Paradise with their 2 young sons. Volunteering in the community was Barbara's avocation, beginning in Inglewood with the Red Cross and American Cancer Society. Once located in Paradise she was active in the P.T.A., Little League and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Paradise Fire Protection District, and later with Theatre on the Ridge, the Elks' Wives, Paradise Performing Arts Center, the Paradise Branch of the Butte County Library and the Gold Nugget Museum. Volunteering at the library led to a job offer, so she became the Children's Librarian there, a position she held for over 12 years. She was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Paradise Elks Lodge in 2007, and, along with Jim, was Grand Marshal of the Gold Nugget parade in 2009. Upon retiring Barbara and Jim spent several years RV camping throughout the country.. Barbara's favorite camping spots were along the California and Oregon coasts and Lake Almanor, often with one or more grandkids in tow. Retirement also allowed Barbara to return to her love of sports, with golf being her new favorite. Always the competitor, she was named Golfer of the Year by the Tall Pines Women's Golf Club in 1996. She is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, James, sons Terrence (Nancy) of Chico and Chris (Ronda) of Paradise, nephew Tom Lindley of Paso Robles, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. At her request no services are being planned. Memorial contributions can be made to Feather River Hospice, the Gold Nugget Museum, or a simple act of kindness may be made in her honor..
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 28, 2018
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