Diana Hoffman, Independence, was welcomed home by her savior on Thursday, June 15th, 2023 in Independence, Kansas. A memorial service honoring Diana’s life will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church in Independence on Tuesday June 20th at 10:00 am.
Diana K. (Howard) Hoffman was born November 17, 1951, to Forrest and Elfreida (Thiesen) Howard in Independence, Kansas. Diana was later joined by a sister, Debbie Pond, and a brother Forrest Howard Jr.
As a young woman, Diana pursued a career in radio and worked in that field for many years. In her media career she worked as a DJ at KIND radio and news director at KGGF radio in Coffeyville. Among her many notable achievements, she had the opportunity to interview Gerald Ford. After her career in radio, Diana refocused her efforts into helping others. She loved the opportunity to work with families impacted by mental health impairment and retrained for a career in vocational rehabilitation. She attended Pittsburg State University to complete her degree in Social Work. She spent the remainder of her working years as a Case Manager for Four County Mental Health and continued in that position until her retirement.
Diana married Randy Hoffman on September 27th, 1997, at an outdoor ceremony at their future home. Diana brought her son and daughter, and Randy brought his four sons into a family that has endured and grown to be one united family.
Throughout her life, Diana had many hobbies and interests she enjoyed. She devoted time to the art of stained glass, painting, calligraphy, gardening, reading, and traveling. Diana spent many hours practicing her passions and created many beautiful pieces that are treasured by her family.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents.
Diana leaves behind many who loved her and honor her memory, Debbie and husband Mick, Forrest and wife Glenda; her children, Matthew Kime, Courtney Rusin and husband Mike, David Hoffman and wife Danica, Chris Hoffman and wife Kerri, Quentin Hoffman and wife Joyce, Justin Hoffman and wife Kristen.
She will be greatly remembered and missed by her 14 grandchildren: (Courtney) SJ Rusin, Charlotte Rusin, (David) Aidan Hoffman, Christopher Hoffman, Ethan Hoffman, (Chris) Hannah Hoffman, Ryan Hoffman, Ryleigh Meier, (Quentin) John Hoffman, Grant Hoffman, Dean Hoffman, Hallie Hoffman, (Justin) Camron Hoffman, and Brody Hoffman. Her beloved dog, Roxie, also survives the home.
In accordance with Diana’s wishes, her cremated remains will be returned to the earth at the site of her marriage vows in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to a memorial fund in Diana’s name and sent to the First Southern Baptist Church of Independence Kansas.