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08/29/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Betty Van Arsdale Hoffman

Emily Elizabeth Van Arsdale Hoffman
(02 Sept 1923 - 26 Aug 2010)

Newport News High School Class of June 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news today.   Betty Van Arsdale Hoffman passed away in Newport News on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the age of 86. Wife of Stokes Hoffman, she was a June 1940 graduate of Newport News High School.


From the Daily Press - 08/28/10:

      Emily V. Hoffman
 
       
    NEWPORT NEWS - Emily 'Betty' V. Hoffman, 86, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. She was the wife of Stokes Hoffman.

Friends are welcome to pay their respects from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in the Peninsula Funeral Home Chapel with the burial immediately following in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from August 28 to August 29, 2010.

From the Daily Press - 08/29/10:

  Emily Elizabeth Van Arsdale Hoffman
 
    NEWPORT NEWS - Emily 'Betty' V. Hoffman, 86, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

A lifelong Newport News resident, she graduated from Newport News High School and Longwood College. As a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, she was active in the church circle. Betty was also active in the garden club, bridge group and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Ira Stokes Hoffman; daughter, Elizabeth Hoffman Stanhagen and husband, Eric; son, Paul Stokes Hoffman and wife, Laura.
 
  Betty Van Arsdale  
     
  Friends are welcome to pay their respects from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 29, 2010, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in the Peninsula Funeral Home Chapel, with the burial immediately following in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from August 29 to August 30, 2010.
   

August 28, 2010
 
Laura and Paul,
We are so sorry to hear the recent news. It is, we know, particularly hard on your dad. It's hard to give up someone you've loved for so many years. That includes not only a husband but a son as well. Our thoughts are with you. We love you.
Don and June

~ Donald Hedrick, Madison Heights, Virginia
 


August 28, 2010

Stokes,
I am so very sorry to receive your news.

James P. Walker



August 28, 2010

Stokes, We are sorry to hear the news - Betty will really be missed.
Leroy and Lilibel Spearman 



August 28, 2010
 
Stokes, I have so many fond memories of Betty.
 


August 29, 2010
 
Stokes, Paul, and Beth,

James and I are so sorry to hear about Betty. She was a very special lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
 


August 30, 2010
 
Dear Mr. Hoffman, Paul, Beth & family,
Please accept my sincere condolences. As you may recall, my parents adored "Betty Van" and I will fondly remember her infectious smile.

~ Mark Ailsworth, Greenville, North Carolina


August 30, 2010

Dear Beth, Paul, Stokes and Family,
We are all so very sorry to hear about Betty. I have so many fond memories of your family. Betty always had a brand new baked cake for the weekend.
She was a lovely lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers. GOD Bless you all.

~ Anne Waddill and Buster Brown



August 30, 2010

Dear Stokes and family,
Betty was always one of my favorite cousins. When I was a little girl, visiting the family, she always played with me, taught me how to eat fried oysters, and fed me wonderful goodies. The last time we were in NN was at least 10 years ago, and our fond memories will remain with us forever. Please know that our love, prayers and sympathy are with you all.

~ Alicia and Ed McComsey, Island Heights, New Jersey


 

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Betty's entire family and their friends.


       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 09/03/10, 6:11 AM - "RE: Betty V. Hoffman":

My wife,      Janie (Slack Lee - Warwick HS - '54), who went to Parkview Elementary, says that the lady in question was Betty Van Arsdale; her fourth grade teacher (at that time - 1945-1946 - Miss V was unmarried).

Apparently she preferred Betty to Emily. She grew up somewhere in the East End (possibly on the Hampton side of the city line; my wife isn't sure). But she most likely went to either to NNHS or HHS.

A check of the 1930 census probably would pin that down.

Later married to Stokes Hoffman, they lived for some period of time on James River Drive.

Bill Lee

   Ahhh!  Thank you so very much, Bill - and Janie! The obituary itself confirmed that she graduated from both Newport News High School and Longwood College; it just neglected to include her maiden name.


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/04/10, 7:20 AM:

Perhaps it was this family. They lived at 59 Sycamore in NN. I looked at the actual census, and the name looks like “Emily”.

1930 United States Federal Census

     Household Members:

          Jacob F Vanarsdale - age 57

          Mary E Vanarsdale - age 56

          Howard Vanarsdale - age 27

          May M Vanarsdale - age 38

          Emsley E Vanarsdale - age 6


   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 09/04/10, 1:57 PM:

Tightens things up. My first Anchor (Beacon Annual) was Feb. 42 so she must be in an earlier one.

Presume she was hired as a teacher in Sept. 1945 as a fresh 4 year college graduate

Scaling back, she would probably have graduated from NNHS in Feb. or June 1941 latest.

Maybe
      Fred Mays ('60 - of VA) has the some of the 1941 and earlier Beacon Annuals? The NN Main Street Library has a good collection, but far from complete.

Living on Sycamore Avenue in the 1930s nails down her schools as in NN (including St. Vincent).

A last resort might be phone calls to some Van Arsdales in the NN area phone directory.

Fred


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/05/10, 3:58 PM - "  Betty Van Arsdale":
 
A quick visit to the Hilton Library provided the info.

She graduated in June 1940.
   
 
 
 
   Thank you so much for all your kind assistance, Gentlemen!  I do so appreciate having complete and accurate records.  


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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