Florence Martha Marie Elliott was born on June 2, 1921, to Henry and Rena (Steinmann) Hofts, and she passed away on October 17, 2019, at her daughter’s home in Hays, Kansas, at the age of 98 years, 4 months and 15 days.
Florence grew up on her parents farm, and enjoyed spending time doing chores and working around the farm. She attended Morehead Country School, then Republic High School, graduating in 1940. Following high school, Florence attended Kansas Normal Teachers training, and taught school near Republic.
Florence married Howard Clinton Elliott in Salina, Kansas, on October 25, 1941, and to this union, five children were born; James Clinton, John Glenn, Steven, Howard James, and Jody.
Florence and Howard raised their children on the farm, and Florence was an excellent homemaker. She was always making improvements to the family home, either wall papering, or painting, or new carpeting. Florence also enjoyed cooking large meals for her family and hired farm help. Sewing was also a hobby that Florence was known for, and she enjoyed sewing clothes for her family.
Outside of the farm, Florence worked for the Depot Market for over 20 years, and she participated in Missionary Work in New Mexico. She was also a member of the HDU, Methodist Church ladies, and was involved in 4-H. Florence also enjoyed birds and bird watching, and spending time with her family and attending family events.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, twin infant sons James Clinton and John Glenn; brother Glenn Hofts, sisters Lena Banks, Minnie Sankey and Josephine Simms, and great-granddaughter Emma Drew Shearer.
Left to cherish her memories are sons, Steve Elliott and his wife Geri of Gibbon, Nebraska, and Jim Elliott of Republic, and daughter Jody Hoffman and her husband Bill of Hays, Kansas. Florence is also survived by her grandchildren: Brenda Smith and her husband Kent, Scott Elliott, Chad Shearer, Laura Gatza and her husband Brent, Lanae Davis and her husband Jason, Andrew Shearer and his wife Amiee, Chase Elliott and his wife Natalie, Jana Hoffman, Jenny Orr and her husband Ray, Shannon Funk and her husband Heath, Natausha Dreher and her husband Ryan, and Conrad Hoffman.
She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Nolan Dreher; Lydia, Landon and Lena Funk; Jaxon Orr; Brody and Lyla Gatza; Steffen Shearer and his wife Taylor; Gavin, Bennett and Maren Shearer; Kanner and Kinlee Elliott; Brooks Shearer; Preston Smith and his wife Janna; Shelby Lowe and her husband Robert; Treyton and Sydney Elliott; Meadow and Kash Davis; and her great-great grandchildren, Kyven and Leighton Smith, Elizabeth and Victoria Shearer.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville, with family greeting friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 11:00 am, at the United Methodist Church in Republic, Kansas, with Pastor Lance Rundus officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Cemetery, rural Republic.
Memorials are requested to the Republic United Methodist Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville assisted the Elliott family with these arrangements.
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