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BIOGRAPHY

Hoffman was born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, on 21 December 1913. Her parents were Henry A. and G. Ethel Johnson. She had an older brother, Raymond W. Johnson and a younger sister, Betty J. Richardson. Born near Christmas, her mother made sure her birthday celebration was separate to compensate for the holiday rush. Her father was the violinist in the orchestra at the Elms Hotel. Although she herself didn’t pursue the violin, she did play the piano.

Hoffman graduated as part of the first class from Paseo High School in 1913. Subsequently, she attended Kansas City Junior College for two years. She worked as a secretary, serving as the administrative assistant to the headmaster at Barstow School for Girls, in the 1950s.

On 30 March 1935, she married W. Leslie “Bill” Ward , and the couple had a son, Bill Ward Jr. (born 1936). She was widowed on 25 March 1979. Eleven years later, on 15 September 1990, she married Al Hoffman, a long-time family friend. With the marriage, she gained a stepdaughter. He served as the president of Jones & Babson Mutual Funds. In 1989, he founded what is now known as the First Tee of Greater Kansas City, which later became a model for the national First Tee organization. She and Al were members of Mission Hills Country Club. Her second husband died 16 years later, on 27 March 2007, after which she moved to Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kansas.

When asked about the secret to her longevity, Hoffman attributed it to never smoking.

Hoffman passed away at Aberdeen Village in Olathe, Kansas, USA, on 20 April 2024, at the age of 110 years, 121 days.

RECOGNITION

Hoffman’s age was validated by LongeviQuest on 15 January 2024.

On 29 February 2024, following the passing of Esther Groneman, who was three days her senior, she became the oldest (known) living person in the state of Kansas.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Frankie Hoffman celebrates 105 years” – Aberdeen Village Community Matters March 2019

* “Olathe woman celebrates her 110th birthday” – KMBC, 21 December 2023

* Frances “Frankie” Hoffman Obituary – Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens

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