Verna Agnes (Hoffman) Befort

Born: Thu., Apr. 16, 1931
Died: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 10, 2017
Location: Brock's - Keithley Funeral Chapel

Recitation of the Rosary

6:00 PM Sun., Sep. 10, 2017
Location: Brock's - Keithley Funeral Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Sep. 11, 2017
Location: The Basilica of St. Fidelis


1:00 PM Mon., Sep. 11, 2017
Location: VFW in Hays

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Verna Agnes (Hoffman) Befort

Loving Wife, Mother, & Grandmother -

Verna Agnes (Hoffman) Befort, age 86, of Mechanicsburg, PA, and formerly of Hays, KS, died at The Bridges at Bent Creek on Thursday, August 31, 2017, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Verna was born on Thursday, April 16, 1931, in Victoria, KS to the late Conrad Hoffman and Christina (Geist) Hoffman.  Verna is preceded in death by her ten siblings: Clara Goetz, Mary Hammerschmidt, Leona Manor, Ervin Hoffman, Angie (Huckleberry) Burk, Edwin Hoffman, Elmer Hoffman, Hubert Hoffman, Ernest Hoffman, and Edwin Hoffman.

Verna’s survivors include her husband of 63 years, Vernon “Vern” Sylvester Befort; her three sons: Howard Befort and his wife, LaDonna, Bruce Befort and his wife, Kathy, Brian Befort and his wife, Angie; her eight grandchildren: Tammy, Kassandra, Britton, Michelle, Maggie, Brice, Brandon, Brooke; her two great-grandsons: Brendan and Ethan; two siblings: Henrietta Windholz, Leroy Hoffman; and 38 nieces and nephews.

Verna loved to bake and cook.  With three growing sons and a large extended family, she enjoyed hosting dinners or picnics in the backyard.  There was never a shortage of good food and homemade desserts.  Verna loved to eat popcorn.  Many times she would make it the old-fashioned way on the stove top.  Any occasion was a good reason to enjoy her favorite snack; and she would often make popcorn balls during holidays and on special occasions for her grandkids.  Verna’s big bowl was always close by as she watched her Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos play on TV.  An avid sports fan, Verna’s favorite team to watch and follow was her Rockies.  On many summer evenings, she could be found in her chair with her popcorn, rooting on the players and saying colorful things about the coaching.

While raising three active sons, Verna was always at a field or gym.  It was a comfort to her boys to know that they could look “over there” and count on their parents to be sitting in the bleachers or on lawn chairs.  After games, Verna was always there to encourage her boys’ efforts and to help them handle disappointments and adversities.  Their comforting presence did not end with their sons’ events; Verna and Vern traveled many miles and spent countless hours watching their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and children of their nieces and nephews.  Verna and Vern enjoyed traveling; and some of their fondest memories and greatest stories were their adventures with George and Lidia, traveling in a van through the U.S. and Canada.

Family history was especially important to Verna.  Together with the help of her nieces and nephews, they published the Hoffman family history book to be enjoyed by generations for years to come.  In 2003, it all came together as over 200 relatives gathered for a Hoffman Family Reunion in Westminster, Colorado, to celebrate their loved ones, both past and present.  The phone was a part of her life, as Verna loved to talk to family and friends, and always keep up on everyone’s news.  Always very generous with their time and love for family; throughout the years, Verna and Vern opened their home and hearts to nieces, nephews, and elders who needed special care, support, and love.

All are welcome to join Verna’s family at her visitation and gathering of family and friends on Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until time of recitation of the Rosary by the Daughters of Isabella at 6:00 p.m. at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine Street, Hays, KS 67601.  Verna’s family invites everyone to her Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, September 11, 2017, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, 900 Cathedral Avenue, Victoria, KS 67671; with Fr. Harvey P. Dinkel celebrating.  Burial will follow in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Munjor, KS followed by a time of food and fellowship at the VFW Ft. Hays Post 9076, 2106 Vine Street, Hays, KS 67601.

Contributions in celebration of Verna’s life can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090, or www.ALZ.orgVerna’s family has entrusted her care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, PA, (717) 766-3421.  Read Verna’s full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, and sign her official guest book at

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Terry Hoffman
   Posted Sun September 03, 2017
You truly was one of a kind. You were one of the kindest people and you were all about family. You don't know how important it was to me when you and uncle Vernon would come to my basketballs game - it meant so much. God bless you will be missed.

Françoise Alexander
   Posted Mon September 04, 2017
So sorry for your loss, sending you a lot of love and prayers!

Eric & Sharon Engholm
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Vern, Howard, Brian and Bruce and all of your family. Verna was special to us and will be greatly missed.
Love To You All,
Eric & Sharon Engholm and Family

Mel and Diane Mollendor
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
We will always cherish our memories of Verna and the great times we had with her and the good old music days. We are very sorry that we can't make any of the services. Our sincere love and prayers go out to "Tiny" and the boys and their families. She will be greatly missed. She is at peace now.

Pam and Frank Espinosa
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Such a great woman. Have great memories with her. Thoughts and prayers for her family. Much love, Pam and Frank

Kent Jacobson
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
What a great childhood I remember growing up with the Befort's across the street on Auburn Lane, me showing up at the back door asking if the boys were home ... what a great family neighborhood. Many ... many fond memories of Verna, to many to express ... and oh what a treat when baklava was made. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Elayne Jacobson
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
Auburn Lane brings back many years of our Befort and Jacobson families being friends and enjoying each other. The loss of Verna touches the heart
deeply, however we hold onto our memories of those past times.

Every year Kent celebrates his Oct. 27 birthday, I think back to when Brian and Bruce were born at the beginning of the month that year of l958.

carol witman
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
I will never forget the first time I had the pleasure to meet Bruce's mother. Verna and Kathy were making Christmas cookies together. Kathy's kitchen was covered with ingredients (except the one she borrowed from me). I could visually see the love in that moment, my first impression when I met her!...a beautiful mother, grandmother and great grandmother who added a lot of love to her family! Sincerely, Carol Witman xoxo

Sharon Hoffman
   Posted Sat September 09, 2017
I will miss you very much! I feel like I lost my mom again, but you will never be forgotten because you are in my heart and mind all the time. I have so many good memories of 1966 and beyond. All your baking tips, our trips up the hill and so much more! Thank you for being there for me when I needed a place to live, your support and all our little talks. I can't express enough what you meant to me in my life. Thank you for being my Aunt. Love you!

Kathleen Murphy Winchester
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
I am truly sorry for your loss, Verna was one of a kind. She was the mom that everyone should have had. Always there for her children and the kids down the block too. We were all truly blessed to be a part of a neighborhood where the Moms looked out for all of us. When we played nice we got homemade cookies and when we were not nice - we got sent home, no messing around with Verna around. I loved those times and my Mom truly had a sister in Verna. I remember them both crying when my mom told her we were moving. Good memories from a lovely lady, she will be missed.

Eileen Murphy Chavez
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Verna was truely like a second mom, she was my babysitter when I was really young on Auburn lane. I remember always driving over to Mrs. Fritchly's house so that Verna could take care of her, she had such a kind heart. Verna spoiled me like one of her own kids. She always had homemade cookies for me. Sometimes when it was time to go home I would ask if I could stay longer and she always let me. What a special lady. I'm sorry I couldn't make it to the services but just know that she is not forgotten. My heart goes out to the Befort Family, it's not easy losing your loved one no matter how old they are. Now it's time to celebrate her life and great memories knowing she is at peace. She will truly be missed. Deepest Regards, Eileen Murphy Chavez

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