Helen Hodge Wofford

by Lynn McMillen
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Helen Hodge  Wofford

Helen Hodge Wofford, 70, of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully in her home on May 7,
2024.

Born Helen Sue Hodge on February 6, 1954 at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, KS, she was
first born child of Roger and Jo Ann Hodge. Around 1955 the family moved back to their
home state of Mississippi. After Helen graduated from Greenwood High School in 1972,
she went on to study at Mississippi State University (MSU) earning a BS in Horticulture in
1977. She would later receive her MS in Animal and Range Sciences from New Mexico State
University in 1983.

During her time at MSU she met David Scott Wofford of Starkville, MS. They were married
on August 20, 1977 at the First United Methodist in Greenwood, MS. Over the next six years
David & Helen moved several places while finishing their education and growing their
family, having Jeffrey Scott Wofford in Las Cruces, NM in 1982, Zane Daniel Wofford in
Laramie, WY in 1984, and their last child and only daughter Jessica Faye Peña-Wofford in
Gainesville, FL in 1988.

The family settled in Gainesville where Helen taught for nearly 20 years in a variety of
science courses at both the high school and college level. Throughout her life Helen
enjoyed fishing, and for years would make annual trips with her father and children to do
so. Additionally, Helen enjoyed working in her yard, sketching things she found in nature,
and the beach. Later in her life she found a new love: her grandbabies. For more than 10
years she would drive to the Panhandle of Florida multiple times a year to spend time with
three of her six grandchildren. She loved to take them to the beach, explore the backyard,
create art, and keep a daily journal of their days and times together. She was also an
exceptional cook and could take any recipe and not just make it to perfection but would
always add her own twist to it. Helen was a devote Christian and kept her faith close to her
heart. Like her own mother, she often saw God’s beauty in nature and the small things
others might simply walk right by.

Helen was predeceased by her brother Zane Douglas Hodge, 67. She is survived by her
husband David 69, siblings Carol Ann Terrell 65, and Quinton Hodge 53. All her children Je*
41, Zane Daniel 40, Jessica 35. And her grandbabies: Dylan 14, Caron 12, Logan 10, Henry
7, Heidi 5 and Zane Stirling 1.

Viewing and chapel service will be held at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, MS on May 18,
at 12pm. Followed by a grave side burial at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.

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