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August 8, 1942 - October 12, 2021
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Linda Rae Hoffmann Patton
On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Linda passed away at Kindred Hospital in Lima, after suffering a stroke in July. She was 79 years old.
Linda was born August 8, 1942 in Columbus, OH to Betty (Metcalf) and Richard Donald Hoffmann. She was the oldest of five children.
Linda grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School and Thomas Worthington High School. Her family moved to Lima, Ohio just before her senior year. She graduated from Lima Senior High School. She attended Findlay College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1972. She earned her Master’s in Education from Wright State University in 1985. On September 14, 1968, she married Ronald G. Patton, and they had two daughters, Stephanie and Elizabeth.
Linda cherished her 36 years as a teacher, a career she entered into in 1968, when she began teaching at Perry Schools. She was a Remedial Reading Specialist for 12 years, and taught first grade for a combined total of 25 years. Linda’s passion for education led her to create, plan, and participate on many committees and programs that benefited the students in the Lima area. Linda was involved with the Children’s Castle at Lima Art Association’s Once Upon a Sunday, the Right to Read Committee, and taught science at the Youth Enrichment Seminar (YES) Gifted Summer Program. Linda organized a district-wide tribute to Perry students’ relatives who were Veterans of the Gulf War. Linda planned and coordinated the K-6 Science Expo and the Annual Math Day for many years. In 1997, she was named the Teacher In Residence for BP’s Science Enhancement for Science Advancement (SESA) program. Her work with SESA led her to become a public speaker, presenting at a science Workshop in Las Vegas and at the BP Technology Challenge workshop for Ohio Chemical Council at TIE Convention in Columbus, OH. She was also the contact for BP and Perry Schools.
Linda was nominated for the Ashland Oil Teacher of the Year Award (1991). She won the State Award for Creativity for the Allen County Red Ribbon Committee (1992) and Teacher of the Year Perry Local Schools (1996). Most notably, Linda was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching for the State of Ohio (1994).
Linda’s passions do not stop at teaching, she was passionate about many things in her lifetime from cake decorating to cooking, the arts, and traveling. Linda began quilting in the 1990’s, when she was doing math based art projects with first graders. She was a member of the West Central Ohio Quilt Guild. Linda created quilts to show in many AQS judged and juried exhibits, and an exhibition at the Zanesville Art Museum. Linda designed and created a quilt for the Cherrywood Fabrics Bob Ross Challenge Travelling Exhibit, which is currently traveling across the country.
Linda had a love for adventure and treasured the times she traveled with her family. Linda found inspiration from her travels to Banff, Alberta with Ron and their two german shepherds, and hiking around Crater Lake in Oregon with her brother, John. Every summer for 20 years, Linda, her mother, and two daughters drove from Lima, Ohio to Panama City, Florida, stopping along the way to visit science museums, mine sapphires, diamonds, and crystals, shop the outlet malls, and explore cities and towns in 15 states.
In recent summers, Linda enjoyed participating in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt (GISH), with her daughters, Stephanie and Liz, and as many of her family members as they could include, where they contributed to their team’s success by creating beautiful works of art or fashion using only food or recycled items or outdated technologies such as VHS, and donating books to libraries and schools. She loved taking her grand and great-nieces and nephews into her backyard and teaching them about nature. She was always up for a science experiment.
Linda was preceded in death by her daughter, Stephanie Patton; parents, Richard and Betty Hoffmann; brother, Thomas Hoffmann; sister, Deborah Foster; ex-husband, Ronald Patton; brothers-in-law, Larry Foster and Russel Frank; and sister-in-law, Doris Kerslake Frank.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Patton, of Columbus; brothers, John (Terri) Hoffmann of Woodburn, OR, and Matthew (Sheila) Hoffmann of Columbus; sister-in-law Nancy Hoffmann of Bedford, OH; and her faithful companions, Ducky and Tess.
Linda is also survived by nieces and nephews, Angela (Tod) Simpson, Meredith Foster, Traci Kitchen, Gary (Mary) Kerslake, Kelly Phillips, Katherine (Edward) Anderson, Abigail (David) Karam, Mark Hoffmann, Zachary Hoffmann; grand-nieces and nephews: Chaz Foster, Monet Whirl, Bryanna Simpson, Tylyn Simpson, Ethan James, Marvin Phillips, Elijah Karam, Magnolia Karam, Parker Hoffmann, Elin Anderson; and great-nieces and nephew: Amia Logan, Bennett Dukes, and Marlee Dukes.
Also left to cherish her memory include cousins, Joe Coleman, Wheeling, WV; Mary (late Jim) Beck, Gurnee, IL; Emily (Sue Quigley) Coleman, Shutesbury, MA; Thomas (Eileen) Coleman, Greensboro, NC; Eileen (Pat) Hoopes; David Bennett, Bethesda, MD; and Sally Heath Carlstrom, Upper Arlington, OH.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 18, 2021 at 10:00 am at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services – Eastside Chapel. Rev. Megan Croy to officiate the service. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery following the service.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 17, 2021, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services – Eastside Chapel
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.