Penelope Joan (Hoffman) Warters, age 80, of Pinehurst, left us too early on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Penny was born to the late Ray E. and Nina (Knorr) Hoffman in Columbia County, PA, on July 14, 1937.  Penny spent her early years in Pennsylvania’s Roaring Creek Valley where she was raised on the family homestead.  She left the farm to study teaching at Mansfield University.  There she met classmate Richard E. Warters.  The two were married in 1960.  July 3rd would have been the couple’s 58 anniversary.

Penny and Rich spent the next 36 years in Horseheads, NY, where Penny taught Home Economics in the junior high and high schools for 20 years. 

Penny was a loving mother who devoted herself to her son, Richard A. Warters, of Simsbury, CT.  Penny acted alongside and directed Rick in theatrical productions during his high school years.  Rick, his wife Kristi, and their daughters, Elena and Lydia, were sources of immense pride for her.

Penny was active and loved travel.  In her fifties, she started running and won several medals in the Chemung County Senior Games.  Her travels revolved around family, taking her across the country, to Europe, and Japan.  Extended visits with her sister’s family created memories she treasured her entire life.

Penny retired to Pinehurst in 1996 where she became active in golf, book and garden clubs, and was a supporter of The Given Library.  Over the years, Penny was an officer of the Pinehurst Garden Club and Daughters of the American Revolution and an active member of the Silver Foils, and the Community Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband and son, Penny is survived by her brother, Ray “Skip” Hoffman, Jr., of Millgrove, PA, his wife Patricia, and their children, Rodney, Renae, and Michael, and her sister Connie Hoffman Binns of Phoenix, AZ, her husband James, and their daughters, Corissa, Marian, and Alexandra.

Penny lived a full life surrounded by friends and family.  She was beloved and she will be missed.  Remembrances will be at the convenience of the family.

Family and friends may send online condolences to

Boles Funeral Home is serving the family.

Mrs. Warter’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

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