July 21, 1937 – January 11, 2022
Marilyn Barbara Hoffman, 84, of Bakersfield, California, peacefully entered paradise on January 11, 2022.
Beloved wife of James W. Hoffman and loving mother of Lori Patterson-Hoffman (Connie) and Glen Patterson (deceased).
Marilyn was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Frank and Genevieve Schroeder. She was the youngest of 7 children (Berniece, Ray, Art, Richard, Vernita and Sam).
When she was 6 months old, the family decided to head west and landed in Wasco, California. Marilyn attended St. John’s Catholic School and Wasco Union High School where she excelled in all the clubs and sports offered, she even studied along the way.
After high school, Marilyn moved to Bakersfield and began her career in the title insurance industry, where she met her husband Jim, with whom she shared her life for 45 years.
Marilyn retired as an escrow agent at Chicago Title, where Jim also worked. They both made lifelong friends at work. Marilyn loved and adored her and her work family here.
During their retirement, Marilyn and Jim had the opportunity to travel and take numerous cruises in Alaska, the Panama Canal, Curaçao, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. They also traveled frequently to Washington DC, Hawaii and Tucson, AZ to visit their daughter Lori and daughter-in-law, Connie. The itinerary for these tours included running for the cure 5K on the DC Mall, attending a Redskins game, cruising on a houseboat on Smith Lake, glamping in Roanoke, scuba diving sail the coasts of Oahu and Maui and always, always visit a casino or two.
Marilyn was an expert crocheter and created over 200 blankets which she donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children. As mentioned above, she also enjoyed going to casinos where she continued her giving spirit by donating her money to many Native American tribes. Even if Marilyn was a very good cook and an even better pastry chef, she loved going out to dinner. Her motto later in life was I only have one kitchen because it came with the house.
During the most difficult moments of her life, Marilyn’s faith in God never wavered. The adjectives that best describe her would be: the most loving (unconditional), caring, compassionate, gracious and a woman who had a great sense of humor.
Beloved wife, mother and friend, although our hearts still ache because we miss you terribly, we know this is not a goodbye but a farewell until we meet you in paradise.
Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd, 93306 with a luncheon reception to follow at Hodel’s. Graveside Committal will take place on Monday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Published by Bakersfield Californian on January 26, 2022.