Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Margie Devenport Hoffman, born July 31, 1935, a native of New Orleans and resident of Independence, quietly passed away at home with her family by her side at 10:45 a.m. Thursday Dec. 24, 2009, at age 74.

She fought a courageous battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Margie was a beautiful person who touched so many lives. Her kind, caring, compassionate spirit will live on in the lives of those who knew her. She loved to spend time. especially the holidays, with family who will miss her dearly.

Margie attended Nichols High School in New Orleans. She received her GED much later in life as she unselfishly cared for her family and raised four children. She worked many years as a telephone/switchboard operator and a bookkeeper. She went on to earn her certification as a real estate agent. But her most prized and precious roles in life were those of daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – no one could have ever hoped and prayed for better.

She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Joseph Seymour Devenport Sr., her devoted mother, Margaret “Tuttie” Nehlig Devenport, her precious sister, Shirley Mae Devenport, and her loving brother Joseph S. Devenport Jr.

She is survived by her loving. devoted husband of 52 years, Gregory Charles Hoffman Sr., her devoted sister, Dianne D. Cox, and her husband, Danny, her beloved son, Gregory Charles Hoffman Jr., and his wife, Sharon, and her devoted daughters, Christine Raps, and her husband, John, Suzanne Ruch and her husband, Jerry, and Rebecca Jones and her husband, Donnie. She is also survived by 13 loving grandchildren: Chris and his wife, Rachel, William and his wife, Guiliana, Tara and her husband, Ryan, Ashley, Bobby, Greg III, Jessica, Shelbi, Courtni, Megann, Bradlee, Alex and Christian. Margie also 1eaves behind eight precious great-grandchildren: Bryce, Taylor, Ryan, Donovan, Harley, Lane, Brayden and Sophia. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and family members whose lives will forever be enriched by her memory.

A memorial service was held at Harry McKneely Funeral Home in Hammond on Monday. Dec 28, 2009. A Catholic service was held at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, specified for Breast Cancer Research.

An online guest book is available at www.harrymckneely.com.