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In Memory of

Jo Frances Powell-Hoffman

December 9, 1931 - September 13, 2017

Obituary


Jo Frances Powell Hoffman passed away on September 13, 2017 at Harrison Memorial Hospital at the age of 85. She was born on December 9, 1931 to Cicero Neal and Eva (Rowe) Neal in Newcastle, Texas. She was the youngest of five sisters, all of whom preceded her in death.

Jo was a child of the Great Depression so she knew how to make the most of what she had. She saved everything! She and her sisters all picked cotton for a penny a pound and worked in their Mother's café as soon...

Jo Frances Powell Hoffman passed away on September 13, 2017 at Harrison Memorial Hospital at the age of 85. She was born on December 9, 1931 to Cicero Neal and Eva (Rowe) Neal in Newcastle, Texas. She was the youngest of five sisters, all of whom preceded her in death.

Jo was a child of the Great Depression so she knew how to make the most of what she had. She saved everything! She and her sisters all picked cotton for a penny a pound and worked in their Mother's café as soon as they were old enough. Jo graduated from Newcastle High School in 1947. She was only 16. She went on to college at North Texas State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching. She and all of her sisters became teachers. She went on to teach Physical Education at Stinnette High School in Borger, Texas. She coached cheerleading and volleyball. She was also a championship roller skate dancer.

She was married first to Garland Russell. They had two children, Michael and Lisa. She met the love of her life, Harry Powell, while working in the copolymer lab at the Phillips Petroleum plant in Borger. They were married in 1961 and had one daughter, Tracy, in 1965. They lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho until 1971 when Harry transferred to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Jo was an active bowler for many years and loved to ski, first at Kelly's Canyon in Idaho then every year at Snowmass in Colorado. She was also always involved in school activities. She volunteered many hours in Central Kitsap School District. She was active on the many school bond and levy campaigns over the years. She was also a Bluebird/Campfire leader. She showed everyone around her how important being involved was and how to advocate for others. She was a strong, fierce and loyal mother, wife and friend. She was also an animal lover and always had a pet from her first little dog, Mickie, to Bugs, Peggy, Breezy, Skippy and Little Bit.

After Harry passed away in 1999, Jo became a member of Kitsap Pines Sweet Adeline Chorus and the Sunshine Singers. She loved singing and it brought her so much joy to perform for the elderly audiences at the many retirement and care centers in the area. In addition to her singing groups, Jo also enjoyed the Red Hat Society. She loved her many beautiful hats and the companionship she found at her Thursday luncheons.

In 2014, Jo was married a final time to Jack Hoffman. They had known each other since they were kids in Texas.

She is survived by her husband, Jack, her daughter Tracy and son-in-law Scott Hopkins, her son Michael Russell and daughter-in-law Gladys Regan and her grandsons, Alex, Brendan, Daniel and Ryan Hopkins of Port Orchard and Mike Brady of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 8th at 2pm at Givens Community Center in Port Orchard.