Pat Hoffpauir passed away peacefully Aug. 27, in Orange, at the home of her daughter. She was surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, Sept. 1, at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 5-8 pm, at Dorman Funeral Home.
Pat was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Beaumont, to Robert and Maurine Fogal. She graduated from French High School where she was a proud member of the Buffalo Bells drill team. Some of her dearest friends were former classmates. She had several occupations during her life, but is most remembered for operating the Little People Daycare from her home. Numerous children in the Little Cypress area were cared for by “Miss Pat”.
Her absolute greatest joy in life was spending time with her family who she loved fiercely and sacrificially. She proudly attended recitals, ballgames, performances and parties, even if it meant traveling miles out of town. She rarely said no to those she loved. She truly found pleasure in doing thoughtful and special things for them. Her infectious laugh, generous spirit and hilarious antics will be missed. She suffered a devastating stroke in November 2011, which greatly diminished her mobility and speech, but her zest for life continued; she faced her trials with grace and courage until the end.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy Hoffpauir; sister Penny Kelley and her infant daughter.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Terri Sims and husband Scot of Orange; son, Marty Mauer and wife, AnaMaria of Trophy Club and stepdaughter, Tanya Gauthier and husband, Gary of Mauriceville; grandchildren, Traci Fontenot and husband, Dustin of Houston, Julie Jones and husband, Tye of Levelland, Garrett Gauthier and wife Katey, Carly Derouen and husband, Tyler, all of Orange and Nicolas and Victoria Mauer of Trophy Club; great grandchildren Marin and Miller Fontenot and Graham Gauthier; sister, Claire Covington and husband, Don of Orange; brother, Robert Fogal and wife, Jordan of Wetumpka AL; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews that she loved dearly.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire loving staff of Southeast Texas Hospice, especially Chanet Turner, whose dear friendship with our mother began years ago. We appreciate the kind and compassionate care you each provided. A very special thanks to her faithful caregivers for the past four years, Velta Smith and Annette Joseph. Thanks also to Intrepid Home Health.