Funeral services were held for Pamela Hoffman, 65, of Deer Creek, Minn. on Monday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Deer Creek with Pastor JC Duncan officiating. Pallbearers were Pam's grandchildren, Tanya Stoll, Trent Davis, Blaine Davis, Skye Davis and her son-in-laws, Jeff McAllister and Terry Davis. Honorary pallbearers were all of Pam's remaining grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pam was laid to rest in Inman Cemetery, Henning, Minn.
Pamela Dee (Esping) Hoffman of Deer Creek was born June 13, 1947 at Hutchinson, Minn., to Dean and Marion (Carlen) Esping and went home to be with her Lord on April 21, 2013. She grew up on the family farm in rural Cosmos, Minn., and graduated from Cosmos High School in 1965.
Pam furthered her education at Mankato State University, graduating in 1969 with a teaching degree. She taught in Amboy, Minn. for three years before moving to Minneapolis where she was employed at Honeywell Corporation and Detector Electronics.
Pam and Leo owned and operated a dairy farm in rural Perham from 1980-1985. She worked in the healthcare industry in Park Rapids, Minn., at the DAC in Sebeka, Minn., and at the time of her illness, for Share A Home in Wadena, Minn.
In 1966, Pam was united in marriage with Jerome Simpson at First Lutheran Church in Cosmos. The mar-riage was blessed with two daughters, Stacy and Shawn. On July 30, 1976, Pam was united in marriage with Leo Hoffman in St. Paul, Minn. Pam and Leo shared 36 years of married life.
In the fall of 2008, Pam was diagnosed with a cancer-ous brain tumor and she chose to live the remainder of her days to the fullest, in her independent way. She was a fighter and an inspiration to all. Pam loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed planning special events with each one. She enjoyed reading, riding bike, gardening and the outdoors, and was a farmer at heart.
Pam cherished the time spent with friends, classmates, family and her church. She spent a lot of time teaching Bible School and Sunday School. Pam loves Jesus and it is her wish that her family and friends will do the same.
Pam is survived by her husband, Leo Hoffman of Deer Creek; daughters, Stacy (Terry) Davis of Wadena and Shawn (Jeff) McAllister of Richville; eight grandchildren, Tanya (Zach) Stoll, Trent Davis, Blaine (Latasha) Davis; Skye Davis, Josie McAllister, Madison McAl-lister, Jacob McAllister and Avery McAllister; seven great-grandchildren, soon to be eight.
Pam is also survived by siblings, Gary (Evelyn) Esping of Woodbury, Janet Samson of Dassel, Diane Wothe of St. Cloud and Debra (Myron) Eggert of Cosmos; sister-in-law, Shirley (John) Swanson; also many nieces, nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Duane Samson.
Arrangements were pro-vided by the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning. Tributes may be posted online at belmontfuneral.com.