Eliza Otto Bader Hoff went peacefully to be with the Lord on Dec. 7, 2004 at her home in Valdosta, Georgia. Eliza was born on Oct. 5, 1912, a descendent of the "Old 300" Texas settlers and grew up loving cooking, painting, sewing of all types, reading, and worshipping the Lord. In the small Texas town of Bellville at the young age of 18 she started up a sewing shop to support her family. She did this until she met a handsome "doodlebugger" named Edwin Hoff with whom she was married in 1934. They had a son, Edwin Hoff, Jr., in 1938 and continued to live the tough life of an oilfield explorer family until they settled in Madill, Okla. and later in Antlers, Okla. where her husband died in 1980. In 1997, she moved to Valdosta, Georgia to be closer to her loving family. Over the years, Eliza blessed so many with her gifts of listening, caring, cooking, quilting, doll-making, story telling, and most of all - being a great friend and confidant to those in need. So many words describe Eliza: survivor, nurturing, caring, loyal, intelligent, spiritual, pioneering, sharp wit, but no characteristic was more appreciated than the unconditional love she showed for her family, friends, and pets. She will be truly missed by all that were blessed by knowing her. Eliza is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Hoff in 1980, and her dear friend, Ann Long. She is survived by her loving son, Ed and his wife Madolyn Hoff of Valdosta, Georgia; her granddaughters, Lisa Kamali and husband Dr. Touraj Kamali of Fairfax, Virginia, and Shawnee Bush and husband John Paul of Valdosta, GA; grandsons, Ed and wife Leesa of Montgomery, TX, Scott Tyler and wife Jennifer of Valdosta, GA, Patrick Tyler and wife Alise who is serving our country in Germany, and Bobby Tyler and wife Celeste of Valdosta, GA. Survivors include Eliza's beloved sister-in-law, Zela Bader; nephew Ian Bader and family of Bellville; niece Kathy Jackson and family of Houston; great grandsons, Nicholas and Andreas Kamali in Virginia; Edwin Hoff, IV in Texas, James Tyler in Germany, and Hunter Tyler in Valdosta, as well as her loyal cat, Al; and numerous relatives and friends she has nurtured over her 92 years of life. To celebrate the life of this wonderful person, the family held a visitation and funeral service on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1302 Gornto Rd. in Valdosta, Georgia. A private interment service followed on Friday. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers a donation in her name be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 205 Woodrow Wilson Rd., Valdosta, Georgia 31603. Condolences to the family may be conveyed on-line at www.mclanefuneralservices.com by Carson McLane Funeral Home.
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