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On Saturday, May 4, 2024, Marylin Louise Whisler-Hoffman died in a Columbia, MO hospice house. Her death was due to a short but severe illness. A traditional service open to the public is being arranged and details will be available soon. A private graveside ceremony is planned for Saturday, May 11, at Maple Grove Cemetery.

She loved teaching. Respected and admired by all, Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman’s 32-year tenure with the Trenton R-IX School District allowed her to influence and guide more than 1,000 students through her kindergarten and first grade classrooms. She taught more than just academics, however, she also taught how to be a good neighbor and citizen long before these character skills became part of standard curriculum. Because of her knowledge and education, Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman was invited to visit China that she might experience elementary education there.

Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman shared her lessons not only in Trenton, but she also taught in Rochester, MN, and one summer in Bath, England. At Trenton Junior College (now North Central Missouri College) she taught adults seeking General Education Diplomas (GED) as well as Children’s Literature to aspiring young teachers. One of the most important lessons she passed on to her students and family was the importance of wit and sense of humor.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman deliberately implemented what she learned during continuing education classes into her classroom. Writing grants came easy to her and two of the more substantial grants were for S.M. Rissler’s outdoor classroom and another regarding classroom libraries, for which she won a state award.

Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman lived her life demonstrating positive actions in thought, word, and deed. She sent congratulations to her previous students when they graduated from high school. She had a great interest in the world, particularly nature, and challenged her pupils, and own children, to be aware of the adventures all around you.

Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman worked with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, was a member of PEO Chapter MA in Columbia, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Missouri United Methodist Church and various other church and civic organizations.

Husbands preceding her in death were Bryce B Miller, Russell L. Whisler, and Charles D Hoffman. Survivors are Michelle Grisamore (Steve) of Galt, MO, Linda Teasley of Columbia, MO, Phillip Miller of Kansas City, MO, and Mary Patricia, Engelking (Craig Copland) of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend an invitation to Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman’s students to participate in the celebration of her life and personal history by sending a copy of your Kindergarten picture and a second photo of you with either your current family or of you in your vocation. In other words, what you were like in her classes and what you grew into due to her influence as your teacher. In fact, following this same request, although for other teachers throughout your school career, would be appreciated and a nice way to honor not only Mrs. Whisler-Hoffman but also others like her.

Send pictures to: Marylin Whisler-Hoffman, 501 N Brookline Dr, Columbia, MO 65203

Send honorariums to: Slater-Neal Funeral Home, 813 Custer St, Trenton, MO 64683

Honorarium recipients:

Caring Hearts and Hands Hospice House, 1307 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203

PEO Chapter MA, Lenora Miller, 1201 War Admiral Dr, Columbia, MO 65202

S.M. Rissler Elementary School, 801 W 4th Terr, Trenton, MO 64683