Muriel Faye Hoffman, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.
She was born May 6, 1930, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., to Ed B. and Hester M. Price.
The youngest of four children, Muriel was disabled by polio at age 1. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, times were tough. But her father, a textile mill worker, did what he had to do to support the family, including by taking nonunion positions at mills during strikes. Muriel’s mother, siblings and other relatives also pitched in to make sure the children were well cared for. Muriel turned her jaunty spirit and great empathy for underprivileged children into a teaching career that spanned four decades, including 23 years in Charlotte County, Fla., including at the Charlotte Harbor School, where she retired in 1991. She graduated from Westhampton College, an undergraduate school for women at the University of Richmond, and taught school in Richmond, Va., before moving to Punta Gorda, Fla., with her husband Sidney Hoffman in 1968. Prone to comment wryly on politics, tell humorous anecdotes and occasionally break into boisterous song, Muriel was a delight to those who knew her. She also participated in church choirs, served in a Civil Air Patrol unit during World War II, earned an advanced degree in theology through a correspondence school, and was a past member of the Order of Amaranth and the Polio Survivors Association.
Muriel is survived by her sister, Edna Price Lee of Portsmouth, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.