March 19, 1953 - March 23, 2012
A celebration of life service will be held for Laura Jo Hofsess, 59, of Coquille at 1 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Coquille Community Building, large auditorium, 119 N. Birch St., Coquille.
Laura was born March 19, 1953 to Phillip M. Laird and Maxine V. (Briner) Laird. She passed away March 23, 2012 in Coos Bay.
Laura Jo met Larry Hofsess at a New Year's Eve dance in Coquille and started dating shortly thereafter. They married Jan. 9, 1971 in Reno, Nev., and again Jan. 9, 2011, at St. James Episcopal Church for their 40th wedding anniversary.
Laura Jo was a 'hometown kind of gal." After graduating from Marshfield High School in 1971, she went to work as a bank teller. Larry and Laura Jo had moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a short period of time, longing to return home to Oregon.
After returning back to Coos County, Laura Jo and Larry bought the family business, Moore's Florist and Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens, in Coquille from her grandparents, Walter and Mabel Moore. Laura Jo became a funeral director and they opened Myrtle Grove Funeral Service, Myrtle Grove Funeral Service - Bay Area and Port Orford Funeral Service.
Laura Jo and Larry raised two beautiful daughters, Kristie and Karen.
Laura Jo was one of those dynamos a whole town remembers. She had an aura, though certainly not from her stature, as she was just a little bitty thing. Not from her voice, although it did command attention, but it was not all that distinctive. Perhaps it was her energy and force of personality, which she had in spades. She was like a magnet to lesser folk, or a type of idol: She who rules. If she was determined to do something, it was best to step out of her way or do her bidding.
Laura Jo was a member of many community service organizations and was more often found in an office of responsibility in those organizations. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Coquille Soroptomist Club, majority member of Job's Daughters Bethel No. 17, National Honor Society, volunteered as an adult of Bethels No. 15, No. 17, and No. 68 of Job's Daughters, Arago Court No. 31 Order of Amaranth, St. James Bishop's Advisory Committee, Gideons, Friends of the Coos County Fair, room mother for her daughters' classes, Friends of the Library, Trivia Night player, Valentine's Ball Committee and district Rotary involvement as a member of Coquille Rotary.
She worked on the boards for South Coast Inter Narcotics Team and the Pacific Cove Society Humane Society, and assisted with instituting the S'Nipped program for Coos County.
Laura Jo loved her anthurium plants, cherry red Mustang, and knitting Christmas stockings for family and prayer shawls for those in need of prayer. Laura Jo was known fondly as 'electric fingers" for her ability to knit three or more prayers shalls to be blessed at church each week.
Larry and Laura Jo had been foster parents during their marriage, and were proud to have been a part of Donna McGrady Wallace's life, whom she still refers to as her daughter.
Laura Jo worked with the church youth group at St. James Episcopal Church and volunteered as a Sunday school teacher. Laura Jo was the recipient of the District Rotarian of the Year for 2010, member of Honor and Degree of Royal Purple Recipient for Job's Daughters, Community Business Award from Umpqua Bank, The Order of the Rose recipient for Beta Sigma Phi, Woman of the Year for Coquille Soroptomist Club, Paul Harris Fellowship Recipient and Coquille Rotary's Rotarian of the Year for 2003.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Hofsess of Coquille; her daughters, Kristie Horn and her husband, Johnnie, of Coos Bay, and Karen Thygesen and her husband, Terry, of Sandy; grandchildren, Alexis, Mike and Jillian Horn of Coos Bay, and Tyler and Kyle Thygesen of Sandy; her brother, Doug Laird and his wife, Jeri, of Eugene, and Thomas Laird and his wife, Tara, of Leaburg; several nieces and nephews; and great-nephews and great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Maxine Laird.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hofsess Family Foundation to continue the fight against cancer through the efforts of the Burzynski Clinic, or the Pacific Cove Humane Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Myrtle Grove Funeral Service - Bay Area, 541-269-2851.