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Lorena Grace Waddle Hoffman

November 5, 1917 January 20, 2020
Lorena Grace Waddle Hoffman
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Lorena Grace Waddle Hoffman
November 5, 1917 to January 20, 2020
Walla Walla resident Lorena G. Hoffman was born on November 5, 1917, the 7th of 8 children, to Othniel and Nettie Waddle in Forest Grove, Oregon. She spent her childhood on the farm and in the garden, picking berries and being outside, before moving to Salem, Oregon as a young teen. She attended high school in Salem and then nursing school at the Walla Walla College School of Nursing at the Portland Adventist Hospital graduating in 1943. During WW2, Lorena travelled as a nurse, working at sites where finding nurses was difficult. When she returned home, she worked at Portland Adventist Hospital. It was there that she was introduced to future husband Lloyd. Married in 1948, the couple lived in Portland, Sheridan and Heppner before settling in Walla Walla in the late 1950’s. Lorena was a surgical nurse, and had a long career at the Walla Walla General Hospital, where she established many friendships.
Lorena was a caretaker as a nurse, but also a caretaker of many others…her parents, her mother-in-law, her husband and the children of many friends who visited the Hoffman home over the years. Lorena was a loving wife, a cat lover, a fast walker and an open friend to many wonderful people. She was a faithful member of the Walla Walla University Seventh Day Adventist community where she developed many ongoing relationships.
As the last of her siblings, Lorena is survived by nieces and nephews and good friends. She will be remembered by those who knew her as a kind, congenial person, a capable and respected nurse, and one who loved stories and laughter.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 16, 2020 at the Walla Walla University Fellowship Hall at 2 P.M.

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