Obituary of Marie Elise McNaughton Hoffmann |

Obituary of Marie Elise McNaughton Hoffmann

Marie Elise McNaughton Hoffmann passed away in her home on May 20, 2016, surrounded by her beloved children, Gemma, Benjamin, Gregory, Elisa Jane, and Jesse John. She was preceded by her husband and soulmate, Stuart Hoffmann, 7 years prior, who gave ceaseless love and support to Marie and her many endeavors. Marie was 74 years old and had 11 grandchildren whom she considered her pride and joy. She was born in Pasadena, CA on March 18, 1942 to Harris and Marie Elise Mc- Naughton and was the oldest of 9 children. Prior to moving to Nevada County, Marie studied to become a nun in the Maryknoll Catholic order before leaving to start a family. As a young adult, Marie worked at an Oakland youth center and founded Festival Children’s Center, a daycare in San Leandro that she would run for 10 years before moving to Grass Valley. Marie was a celebrated member of our local community and dedicated her life to teaching and environmental advocacy. She taught 3rd, 7th and 8th grade for the Pleasant Valley School District for approximately 30 years and established the environmental educational programs E.S.C.A.P.E and School Without Walls, which helped to teach children the importance of both enjoying and preserving our natural environment. Marie also volunteered her time to protect the Yuba River Watershed, to restore the North Star House, and worked to establish SAAVE, an organization that helped prevent a multi-lane freeway from being built through sensitive ecosystems in the Old Auburn and Allison Ranch Road communities. Marie considered the wilderness a second home and walked thousands of miles in the High Sierras. She passed

on her respect and reverence for nature to countless children who remember her as having a profound influence at impressionable moments in their lives. As a school teacher, Marie took a no-nonsense approach that earned the respect of her students and gave them the courage to discover and apply their talents into adulthood. Marie also took in several foster children and was considered by many to be like a second mother. Marie authored and self published several fiction and non-fiction books, as well as poetry and plays. She will be dearly missed by this community, her family, and many others who were fortunate to know her as a friend and confidant. Marie’s legacy will live on in those she influenced for generations to come. Marie donated regularly to both Doctors Without Borders and The Sierra Club. We are grateful for any donations to these charities in honor of Marie’s life. A public celebration of life will be held for her in the month of July. Date, time and venue have yet to be determined. For those interested in attending, please visit and like the following page to stay informed: https://www.facebook. com/celebratemarie

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