A Story About Mrs. Hoge


Here’s a wonderful story that was shared at this morning’s ceremony honoring Mrs. Hoge. It was told by the DNR Project Forester assigned to Carroll County.

She stopped by a local art supply store to pick up a large pink bow for the sycamore tree being planted in Connie’s memory. When she mentioned to the clerk at the store what it was for, the clerk told her that she had known Connie as a customer but had first met Connie when she interviewed her daughter when the young girl was a high school student seeking a spot at the Natural Resources Career Camp in 2006. The clerk said that interview changed her daughter’s life and career goals and that the young woman is now working in a resource management job in Wyoming. She also said that her daughter had met another student at the Natural Resources Career Camp eleven years ago—and that she and he are now engaged to be married.

I smiled.

13 thoughts on “A Story About Mrs. Hoge

    • Exactly. Perfectly stated, TOLF.

      A generous and loving spirit that touched so many lives… a gentle and kind soul that lives on through all she gave of herself, and the smiles her memories still afford those who were blessed to know her.

  1. John, I am so glad that others have memories to share of your wife that can bring joy to you on this day of remembrance. It eases the sorrow that lays under it all.

  2. I met Connie only one time. She was quiet, but articulate and strong about what she believed in.

    I completely understand how and why she influenced people in a profound way. Those of us lucky enough to be gifted with a strong, good woman as a wife go through life with a profound happiness that even death cannot unseat.

  3. What a wonderful anecdote. We have no idea what influence our actions, even seemingly minor ones, may have on the world. This goes for both good and bad.

    It also underscores the importance of going out and interacting with people. While the internet can be used for great good, it also allows people to cater to dark and evil impulses, treating and speaking to people in a way that we wouldn’t if they were our neighbors or acquaintances. I worry about youth (and even many people whose youth was decades ago) who live a large percentage of their lives attached to a small screen. How soon before we are like the humans in Wall-E, too attached to our screens to have any notice of what is going on around us?

    John, Connie sounds like quite a woman. I am happy that you had many (though too few) happy years with her.

  4. “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
    And I will [h]dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.”

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