Louranie Earnestine Hoffman
Louranie Ernestine Hoffman, fondly known as Lou, 100, peacefully passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Huntsville Healthcare in Huntsville, Texas. Lou was born on May 17, 1919 in rural Montgomery County, Texas to parents Silas Fountain Simmons and Minnie Belle Hurst Simmons. She is survived by her children, Ladell Cauthen Hoffman (Freddie Cantrell), Don Cauthen, Phillip Hoffman (Pat), and Deborah Hoffman York (Charles); 9 grandchildren, Renee Hoffman (Pat Raney), Andrew Hoffman (Jodi), Robert Cauthen, Clint Hoffman, Cliff Hoffman (Sheila), Jackie Hoffman Butzke (Rhinehart), Susie York Demaster, Ashley York (Catie), Amanda York (MJ Glowski); numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her "best husband in the world" Lee Hoffman, her parents, Silas and Minnie Belle, 1 brother, Jack Simmons, 2 sisters, Nita Bell Simons Nichols and Sue Simmons Harper, 4 grandchildren, Dana Lee Hoffman, Brenda Kay Hoffman, Byron Anthony York, Richard Dwayne Cauthen. Lou attended Huntsville High School where she dropped out in her senior year to marry TA Cauthen. She was blessed with Ladell and Don Cauthen from the marriage. TA Cauthen became the Sheriff of Walker County which led to Lou living in the first floor of the jail where she prepared meals for the jail inmates. Back in those days, she was allowed to interact with the prisoners where she was able to practice her principles of Christianity. At one point, a juvenile was incarcerated in the jail. Lou felt his crime did not warrant him being there so she released him. That was her way. Her devotion to the Lord was the guiding light in her life. The strength gained from trusting in the Lord would carry her through her entire life. She attended church services faithfully at the Huntsville Church of Christ. She loved teaching children's Bible classes and assisting with Vacation Bible School. Lou moved to Houston, Texas in 1951. There she was able to complete her GED in order to attend "Secretarial School" as it was known. She specialized in bookkeeping and began her professional career at Brandt & Lawson Printing Company in downtown Houston. It was during this time she met Lee Hoffman. They were married November 5, 1955. That marriage brought her 5 step-children. Of those 5 children she brought Deborah into her home with Lee. She raised Deborah to know the Lord and walk in his footsteps.
Lou was feisty, funny, and loved her life. She and Lee built a home together in Houston. They both loved the outdoors. Their yard was full of flowers, beautiful green lawns, and a big vegetable garden. Many Sundays included lunch from the garden shared with family and friends. They also traveled throughout the States exploring the outdoors as they camped in the various parks.
Lou retired from Texas Iron and Metal in 1983. After the death of Lee in 1985 she moved back to Huntsville. She resumed worshipping with the Huntsville Church of Christ. She became the beloved babysitter for the ladies weekly Bible Class. She was known for loving each and every child she cared for. She also assisted in providing weekly meals at the Church for the college students from Sam Houston. Her bubbly personality enabled her to develop close relationships with many of the students.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, Texas at 11:00am. Memorial condolences for the family may be made at www.shmfh.com
Published on March 19, 2020

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