Obituary of Elizabeth “Betty” Stone Hoffman
May 19, 2017
Elizabeth "Betty" Stone Hoffman, 84, of Statesville, North Carolina was called home to the Lord on May 6, 2017. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Betty was born October 18, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri. She spent much of her early years as a young girl and teenager in Southern California and Connecticut. Her father, Hamilton Stone of Grass Valley, CA was a pioneer in the frozen food industry and a business partner with Hollywood legend, Bing Crosby. After World War II, the two teamed together to market Minute Maid Orange Juice to the west coast, Florida, and throughout the United States. Betty was the first ever Little Miss Minute Maid. During that period of her life she met many celebrities and performers including Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell, Rita Hayworth, and Bob Hope. In the early 1950's Betty and her sister were the headliners on the spectacular Minute Maid parade float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. In 1967, Betty moved to North Carolina and soon discovered the challenges of being a single parent and raising four children. She was a longtime member of the Anglican Orthodox Church and later joined the staff at the church international offices in Statesville, NC, first as a secretary and then as an administrative assistant to the Presiding Bishop. She held that position and continued to work until shortly before her death.
During her 50 years of dedicated service to the Lord, Betty made countless trips to visit churches and members across the United States. She took part in more than a dozen mission trips abroad to Anglican Orthodox Church congregations in the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Haiti, England, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hamilton and Elizabeth Stone, sister, Jo Anne Tinker, and niece Beth Mammano. Betty is survived by four children, Chris (Linda) Hoffman of Spring Hill, Tennessee, Cheryl Kniffen (Jim) of Statesville, NC, Cinder (Dave) Carroll of Statesville, NC, and Craig Hoffman of Louisville, Kentucky. She is also survived by a half-sister, Eve Stone, two grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Hoffman, and Elizabeth "Lily" Paige Hoffman, and one great-grandchild, Maddox Michael Hoffman, as well as her nieces Marguerite Vulfs, Kathryn Grant, and a nephew, Jonathan Tinker.
Visitation is set for Friday June 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Peters Anglican Orthodox Church at 2228 Wilkesboro Highway in Statesville, North Carolina. A Celebration of Betty's Life will be held immediately following visitation at 1:00 pm. Graveside services for her immediate family will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent in her name to either the Foreign Mission Program or Youth Ministries c/o of the Anglican Orthodox Church, PO Box 128 Statesville, NC 28677. Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.nicholsonfunerals. com and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.
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