Betty Virginia Hoffman, a resident of Lakeview Village of Lenexa, KS, passed away on Jan. 12, 2011.   Betty was born in Hillsboro, KS on Feb.26, 1921 to Oscar Jorgensen and Marie Bekker Jorgensen.  Her parents moved her family to Manhattan, KS soon after Betty’s birth, where she grew up.  She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1938 and attended Kansas State University for one year. She married Robert E. Hoffman of Manhattan on September 15, 1939 in Washington, DC.  During their marriage, Bob and Betty lived in Topeka after WWII.  They moved to Prairie Village in 1973, after an exhilarating campaign in 1972 for the office of Kansas Attorney General, run by Bob with Betty’s whole-hearted assistance and support.
Betty returned to college part-time in 1962 and earned her BA in Sociology from Washburn University in 1974.  She continued her studies as she worked for the Visiting Nurses Association and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1977 at the age of 56.  She then worked for Kansas Social and Rehabilitative Services in Wyandotte County as their geriatric Crisis Intervention Social Worker until 1983 when she retired.
Betty was an accomplished pianist and organist, and for many years, she played both instruments for numerous churches in the Kansas City area.  Most recently, she played for two Lutheran churches and finally for the Rosedale Congregational Church, which she joined in 2008. Betty was a member of Eastern Star for many years, and she played the organ for their meetings.  She was also a participating, contributing member of Shepherd’s Center for many years, and helped on a frequent basis with Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries.
She also loved flowers and her balcony patio garden was her pride and joy.  Betty was always reading at least two or three books at a time, and was more than willing to discuss literature, arts and politics with those who also enjoyed those topics.  She was a spectacular mom whose kids’ friends enjoyed hanging around with her and knowing her.  Her grandchildren would all agree that she was a grandma “as good as the best and better than the rest.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and a son, Karl.  She is survived by two sons, Kurt (Katherine) and Paul (Valerie) and a daughter, Marcia (life companion Paul Tompkins), as well as ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren and her brother Jack Jorgensen of Queens Creek, AZ.  She is also survived by Janet Stein, a long-time friend, and many other loving friends who will miss Betty’s presence in their lives.
Memorial service will be held 11:00 am Sat., Feb. 19, 2011 at Rosedale Congregational Church, 4326 Lloyd St., Kansas City, KS 66103. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosedale Congregational Church or “Save the Children” Fund. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be sent to