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Lois Alberta Hodo

January 10, 1931 October 24, 2019
Lois Alberta Hodo
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Obituary for Lois Alberta Hodo

Lois Alberta Hodo, 88, of Olathe, Kansas peacefully departed this life, October 24, 2019, and woke on Heaven’s shores, to live forever with her Lord and Savior.

Alberta was born in Hamden, MO on January 10, 1931 to the late Albert and Edna Roy. She was the youngest of six children. Her brothers and sisters were E.W. Roy, Irene (Roy) Payne, Ruth (Roy) Williams, Harold Roy, and Doris (Roy) Stogsdill. Alberta grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression. Life was tough, but love was abundant.

In 1949 Alberta moved to Kansas City for her high school senior year and graduated from Kansas City College and Bible. She was vice president of her class that year and was described as “congenial, capable, and charming”. In the early 50’s her path crossed with a handsome paratrooper returning from serving our country. It was attraction at first sight. On February 22, 1953 Alberta married Leonard Hodo, the love of her life. For 61 years they served as a dynamic team for God’s kingdom.

From 1953-1966 Alberta’s professional career centered around Hallmark Cards. She worked as a data processing supervisor and was also instrumental in getting jobs there for other family members.

On September 10, 1966 Alberta and Leonard were blessed with their beloved daughter, Brenda K. Hodo, who was the apple of their eye. Alberta always said that becoming a mother was her biggest promotion. She was thrilled to quit Hallmark Cards and be a stay at home mom. Brenda was her pride and joy and a gift from God, as Alberta and Leonard had been married 13 ½ years before her birth. Alberta and Brenda shared a special bond through the years and enjoyed their “mother/daughter talks” as they called their late- night discussions that lasted for hours. Her listening ear along with encouragement and advice were priceless.

In 1970 Alberta and Leonard felt a call from God to move to Fulton, MO and become the caretakers at Harmony Hill Youth Camp. Alberta was a humble servant who dedicated 20 years of her life to the camp and the youth who filled the “hilltop” every summer. Her greatest goal in life was to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and point others to a relationship with her Lord. Her responsibilities on the “hill” included ordering camp groceries, taking room reservations, cleaning all the buildings, mowing the grounds, answering everyone’s questions, and basically caring for details great and small. She was known to have a “to do” list a mile long and kept the campus running with great precision. No wonder she was given the title of Mrs. Harmony Hill.

Alberta also directed the Girls’ Camp on the hilltop for many years. Besides caring for the grounds, she taught Sunday School at the Reform Church of God (Holiness) and was the church treasurer. She was a volunteer pink lady at the local hospital. She was involved in the school community as a room mother and organized the school PTA bazaars. Her hands were always busy whether writing down every food item purchased for the camp, detailed figures of camp attendance, or tracking every dollar her family spent. If she was not doing work for others, she was busy crocheting afghans and dollies for the pleasure of simply having her hands busy. Everyone that worked with Alberta knew she strove for excellence and helping others. She was loved by all who knew her.

Alberta, and her husband Leonard, moved to Hobe Sound, Florida in 1990. There was no slowing down or retiring for Alberta. She quickly found places to volunteer on the Hobe Sound Bible School campus. She found more buildings to clean, dishes to wash, and dorm rooms to paint and decorate. Always moving and always working was what made her happy. Alberta also decided to begin cleaning houses in her community and took on 13 homes weekly until her official retirement at age 80.

One of Alberta’s greatest life joys was celebrating the birth of her only grandchild, Benton Alexander Smith. She was the first person to hold him after birth and they always had a close and special bond. He will always remember her calm voice and all the books she read to him. She was so proud to be called Benton’s Meme.

The last five years of Alberta’s life was spent at Homestead of Olathe Memory Care North. While dealing with advancing age and Alzheimer’s disease she was treated with dignity and loving care. She was affectionately called “Berta” or “Berta Boo” and she quickly became a favorite to all. Her quiet and contented spirit and her ready “I love you” or a kiss on the cheek to her caregivers was a witness to the love of Jesus that she carried in her heart. Everyone at Homestead became a part of Berta’s earthly family.

Alberta is survived by her daughter, Brenda Kay Hodo-Smith and her husband Dr. Rod Smith, and beloved grandson, Benton Smith of Olathe, Kansas and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and all her brothers and sisters and their spouses.

Alberta wore many hats and titles: caretaker, camp director, supervisor, Sunday school teacher, volunteer, treasurer, friend, aunt, volunteer, cousin, sister, daughter; but none more proudly than the title of Wife, Mother, and Meme. She will live on in our hearts forever.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Harmony Hill Youth Camp. Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Youth Camp. Interment will be held in Reform Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Harmony Hill Youth Camp, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Boulevard, Fulton, MO 65251.

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11:00 AM 11/1/2019 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 11/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Harmony Hill Youth Camp

8033 State Road O
Fulton, Missouri 65251

Harmony Hill Youth Camp
8033 State Road O Fulton 65251 Missouri
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8033 State Road O
Fulton, Missouri 65251

Harmony Hill Youth Camp
8033 State Road O Fulton 65251 Missouri
United States
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