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Dorothy Hoffman, 86

Dorothy Marian Hoffman, 86, of Highland died Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton, Mo.
Dorothy Marian Hoffman, 86, of Highland died Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton, Mo.

Dorothy Marian Hoffman, 86, of Highland died Monday, April 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clayton, Mo.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 4 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine, with Father James A. Flach officiating. Her body was donated to St. Louis University School of Medicine. Meridith Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 29, 1928 in Highland, one of identical twin daughters, to Oscar Frank and Leona Louise (Bellm) Hoffman.

She attended St. Paul Grade School and High School.

She began her career as executive secretary to the advertising manager of PET Milk Co. in St. Louis, Mo., where she worked for nine years. Later, she moved to California and worked as secretary to the account executive at Batten, Barton, Durstine, and Osborn (BBDO) advertising agency in Los Angeles.

She married Robert Hayes Boyd on Oct. 15, 1955 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. They resided in Springfield, Ill., for 24 years. While in Springfield, she was employed as secretary to the assistant plant manager of Pillsbury Mills, where she worked until 1959.

Her son was born on Sept.11, 1959, and her daughter was born on Feb. 13, 1961.

She was later employed as secretary to state Rep. Cal Skinner for two years.

She then moved to St. Louis to accept a position as administrative assistant to the president of BHN Advertising Co., and later as executive secretary to the real estate manager of Famous Barr Venture Stores for nine years.

She moved to Highland in 1990 and was employed by Thomas Hill, attorney at law, before retiring in 1992.

She was an avid quilter and seamstress. She enjoyed traveling the world, reading, theater, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

She is survived by her son, John R. Boyd, of Satellite Beach, Fla; her daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” (Paul Conner) Boyd of St. Louis, Mo.; and her twin sister, Doris Mary Luber of Highland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died on March 11, 2004; her paternal grandparents, Francis Xavier and Ida Walter Hoffman; and her maternal grandparents, Henry and Rosa Bellm.

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