May 9, 1941 - December 11, 2007
View the image gallery -- View a Video -- Twyla Merlene, daughter of Judith (Benson) and Orval Hofen, was born on May 9th, 1941 at Anthony, Kansas. She passed away at her home on the 11th day of December at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 2 days. She attended grade schools in Kansas, where her father pastored, and graduated from Scott City, Kansas High School as Salutatorian of her class in 1959. She attended Bartlesville Wesleyan College majoring in music. Miss Hofen met Clint A. Elliott Jr. in college and they were married on September 1, 1962, at Blackwell, Oklahoma, in a double ceremony along with sister Nadeen and Dan Hyde. To their marriage two children, Christopher Shannon (Chris) and Elizabeth Ruth (Beth) were born. Following their marriage they pastored churches in Oklahoma and Missouri before making their home in Alva. She worked for Downer and McDaniel Law Firm, Central National Bank and the Alva Chamber of Commerce. She was part of the original staff and was currently employed at the Charles E. (Bill) Johnson Correctional Center where she was the Trust Fund Officer. Merlene attended the Town and Country Christian Church where she served as the church organist. Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her father, Orval, on September 11, 1965, her mother, Judith on August 31, 2001, her sister Nadeen Hyde, on February 6, 1976 and her sister-in-law Maxine McNeal on August 12, 2005. Merlene is survived by her husband, Clint, a son and his wife, Chris and Laurel of Kansas, Oklahoma; a daughter Beth, of Edmond; three grandsons, Geoffrey David, Zachary Christopher and Gregory Cole Elliott, a granddaughter, Emily Kay Elliott and a step-grandson, Alexander Kevin Lewis. She is also survived by a brother and his wife, Elwyn and Evelyn Hofen; brother-in-laws, Dan Hyde and Gerard McNeal; nieces: Karen Elizabeth White and husband Gary, Judy Alane Naslund, Donna Sue Walker and her husband William and Stephanie Ann McBride and her husband John, all of Pineville, Louisiana; Stacey Ann Hayes, and her husband Richard Shane of Monroe, Louisiana; Danelle Pate and husband Joe of Franklin, Tennessee, Susan VanHook and husband Brent of North Augusta, South Carolina; nephews: Brian Hofen and wife Marissa, of Alva, Brent Hofen and wife Heather of Bend, Oregon, Brad Hofen of India, Nathan Hyde and wife Susan of Antioch, Tennessee, and a number of great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and friends. PDF Printable Version
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