Mary Colones Hoffler
Mary Colones Hoffler
  • June 30, 1921 - April 23, 2017
  • Greensboro, North Carolina

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After 95 years of a fully engaged life, Mary Tom Colones Hoffler of Greensboro, North Carolina died on April 23, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Mary was born June 30, 1921 in Durham, NC. She was the daughter of the late Tom Colones and Julia Christopher, and was always proud of her Greek heritage.

Mary grew up in Selma, NC. She received her BA degree from Atlantic Christian College, her MA degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and Delta Kappa Gamma scholarships in the PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she directed and produced plays for the Carolina Playmakers.

Mary loved the English language and was a life-long student of literature. As an educator, she passed on this love to her students. Her educational philosophy was guided by high expectations of achievement and dedication to her students. She taught English at Florida State College for Women (FSU), the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee. Mary also taught English, French, and Latin in Smithfield and Enfield, NC. In 1963 she and her family moved to Greensboro where Mary began a 20 year career at Grimsley High School and served as head of the English Department. She was recently recognized by Delta Kappa Gamma for her 60+ years as an "extraordinary woman educator."

Mary was active at St. Francis Episcopal Church, where she served as the director of altar guild and was instrumental in starting the St. Francis Book Sale. She was a member of The Historical Book Club of NC, OBC, and O'Henry Study Club, and served for many years as a docent at the Greensboro Historical Museum. She was a charter member and education chairman of the Greensboro Opera Company. She enjoyed dressing up as Aunt Lina and reading O'Henry stories to elementary students during the O'Henry Festival.

Mary was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, music, needlework and especially her travels with her husband, Buck, whether it was a family excursion in a Coleman camper or a summer study abroad. You could always find her in her favorite chair at Abottswood knitting baby blankets for the Women's Hospital, blessing each with a prayer woven with her love.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Edward "Buck" Hoffler, her parents, Tom Colones and Julia Christopher Colones, and her brother, John T. Colones.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela Hoffler Berry (Doug), her son Theodore Edward "Ted" Hoffler, both of Greensboro; her granddaughters, Katherine Lucinda Berry (Josh), Madeleine Berry Smith (Dixon), Corinne Berry Jones (Kevin), and Angela Martin Berry; her great-grandchildren, Eliza, Robert, Foster, and Grady; her nephews and niece, Tom Colones, Robert Colones (Deborah), Jean Colones Ligon (Randy), and great-niece and great-nephews.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Rose Hill, Jackie Aiken, and April McBee for their love and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church, 3506 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408 or the Greensboro Public Library Foundation, PO Box 3178, Greensboro, NC 27402. Online condolences may be made at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the Hoffler family.