Mary Kathryn Hoffert Horsman, age 81, of Fayetteville, Tenn. passed from this life to her home in heaven on April 19, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mary K. was born on March 24, 1938 in Pekin to Fern M. and G. Elmer Hoffert, both of whom preceded her in death. Her brother, Robert E. Hoffert, also preceded her in death. Mary K. is survived by her loving husband, Alan R. (Al) Horsman; children, Karen (Dan) Tice, Brad Horsman, and Terri Horsman (Julie Siler); grandchildren, Patrick Tice, Nicholas Horsman, and Abigail Horsman; sister-in-law, Lila Beth Hoffert; and special friend and kidney donor, Lynn Sharpe.
Mary K. grew up in Pekin and graduated from Pekin High School. After high school, she enrolled at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Institution Management. Mary K and Al met at Iowa State and were married in November of 1960 in Pekin. They lived in Ridgway, Pa. where Al worked for the Elliott Co. until 1962 when he accepted a job with Amana Refrigeration in Amana, Iowa, and they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They lived in Cedar Rapids until 1968 at which time they relocated to Fayetteville, Tenn. where Amana’s new air conditioner plant was under construction. The family soon thereafter joined Fayetteville First Presbyterian Church. She was very involved in her church and grandchildren’s lives. Mary K. loved to cook and was employed by Fayetteville City Schools as manager of the city schools’ lunch program for 25 years before retiring in 2000. After retirement, she continued to be a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. In August of 2002, after suffering from end-stage kidney failure, she was generously given a kidney by her special friend, Lynn Sharpe.
Visitation with the family was held at Fayetteville First Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22. A funeral service was conducted by Rev. Bruce McVey at 1 p.m. on Monday at the church. Burial followed in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Horsman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fayetteville First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 472, Fayetteville, TN 37334; PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease), 1001 East 100 First Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131 or www.pkdcure.org; or Hospice of the Highland Rim, 1100 East Lauderdaile Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.