Dorothy Hoff Obituary (1923-2021) – Everett, WA

Dorothy “Dottie” Hoff died peacefully at home on May 13, 1921, at the age of 97, of natural causes. She has brought so much joy to this world and is missed by so many.

Dorothy was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She attended Linfield College and graduated from UW majoring in music. She continued her music education at SPU and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. She married another Vancouverite, Ernie Hoff, and soon became a military spouse, moving decently every 2-4 years every 2-4 years for 20 years. They raised three children while living in Washington, Oklahoma, Okinawa, Virginia, Germany, Holland, and Arizona.

Dorothy loved life. She was a little dynamo whose positivity, kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity showed in everything she did. She never wanted anyone to look after her or bother; but on the other hand he was quick to offer a helping hand to everyone. To be graceful, humble, humble, and indulgent was part of Dorothy. She only saw the good in people and in life, with her sweet nature.

Dorothy’s world was full of music. Her musical passion touched many lives as a piano teacher, music teacher at Olympic View and View Ridge Elementaries and as a singer. She sang soprano with the Seattle Opera, the NW Chamber Chorus, the Ensemble “I Virtuoso Del Canto”, the Seattle Chorale and has been both a soloist and director of many church choirs in America and Europe. Her list of accomplishments is long, but because of her quiet, humble, and humble nature, one would never know.

Dorothy has left her mark as an amazing gardener with incredible vision. When moving to the second home in Edmonds, the previous owner had been entertaining horses in the back yard. She didn’t flinch. With her never-ending energy and her style, she has transformed the pasture into a beautiful park in no time at all.

At Dorothy’s request, there was no funeral service. Instead, family members attended a funeral at Tahoma National Cemetery, where she was reunited with her 56-year-old husband, Ernie.

Dorothy precedes her husband, parents, and brother in death. She leaves behind her sons and daughter – Russell Hoff, Janine Hoff Nicol, Howard Hoff and their respective spouses; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

For those lucky enough to have been honored in Dorothy’s life, please consider donating to music education on their behalf, or plant a shrub or tree. Your beautiful soul has left a trail of wonderful memories and she would be honored. To share a reminder, please visit

August 14, 1923 – May 13, 2021

Published in The Herald (Everett) June 20 to June 21, 2021.

Comments are closed.