Juanita Marie Piercy Hoffman, 63, of Pounding Mill, Va., died Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 2013, in Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va.
Born Oct. 19, 1949, to the late William Piercy and Helen (Kennedy) Herbert of Elkins, Juanita grew up a farm girl, with the brown sod of her beloved West Virginia between her toes.
A 1967 graduate of Elkins High School, Juanita earned a degree in education in 1971 from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
She was wed Sept. 5, 1970, to her dear husband and partner in life, Dennis J. Hoffman, who survives.
Prior to moving to Virginia she and her husband lived in Clarksburg and Youngwood, Pa., where Mrs. Hoffman worked as a teacher and later a prevention specialist through St. Vincent College.
Most recently, Mrs. Hoffman served as a teacher at Richlands Elementary School. She was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school for many years. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Richlands Presbyterian Church.
Inside and outside the classroom, Juanita was a prolific teacher, modeling hard work, good humor, common sense and Christian love for her students, colleagues and loved ones.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Robert Phares of Elkins.
Juanita is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dennis J. Hoffman of Pounding Mill, Va.; and two children, a daughter Lara and her husband, the Rev. Scott Hauser, of Clarion, Pa., as well as a son, the Rev. Scott Hoffman and his wife, Ashlee, of Columbia, Md. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Kylee Hoffman, Simon Hauser, Jackson Hauser, Natalee Hoffman and Lillie Hauser as well as two sisters, Bonnie Phares of Elkins and Nancy (Piercy) Ossorio of Loveland, Colo.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Richlands Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. William McCoy of Charleston officiating, assisted by the Rev. Robert B. Culp of Columbia, Md. An additional service of celebration with interment to follow will be conducted in Elkins at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richlands Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Richlands, VA 24641 and/or to Pine Springs Camp, 371 Pine Springs Camp Road, Jennerstown, PA 15547
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va., is in charge of the arrangements, and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhome.com