Shirley Hoyt

Shirley Hoyt, 83, of Scranton passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson surrounded by her family.

Funeral service were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Scranton United Methodist Church with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. Casket bearers were grandsons: Chad Schoon, Jeremiah Hoyt, Josiah Hoyt, Simon Schlabach, Caleb Hoyt, Elijah Hoyt, Logan Hoyt and Reid Schlabach. Honorary casket bearers were Shirley’s grandchildren. Burial was in the Scranton Township Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Scranton United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Visitation resumed at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Born October 10, 1935 in Garnett, Kan., Shirley was the daughter of Clifford and Marjorie (Homrighouse) Said. Her family moved to Iowa when she was a baby and she grew up in Guthrie County. She graduated from Scranton Consolidated Schools in 1953. She lived in Omaha for a short time and returned to Scranton where she worked several jobs.  

Shirley was married to Ralph Eugene Hoyt on April 10, 1954 at Scranton United Methodist Church by Rev. Blackman. Following their marriage, Shirley lived with friends and worked Felco while Ralph was stationed in Japan serving in the Army. Following Ralph’s military service, the couple farmed southwest of Scranton and continued to farm throughout their married life in Greene County.  Shirley was very active in the farming operation.  

She was a member of the Scranton United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Eastern Star and several coffee clubs. Shirley enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking, canning, sewing, playing the piano, but most of all spending time with her family.  

Shirley is survived by her husband, Ralph of 64 years of rural Scranton; her daughter, Deb Schoon (Kurt) of Scranton; four sons: Rick Hoyt (Sharon) of Scranton, Randy Hoyt (Sheryl) of Kalona, Roger Hoyt (Peggy) of Scranton and Robert Hoyt (Emily) of Scranton; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; her sister, Beverly Hoyt of Jefferson; and many other relatives and extended family members.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Marjorie Said; her mother and father-in-law, William and Florence Hoyt; a daughter-in-law, Kristine Hoyt; a granddaughter, Arminda Grace Hoyt; four great-grandchildren: Samuel Charles Hoyt, Christopher Michael Hoyt, Noah Alexander Hoyt and Nile Eugene Hoyt; and her brother, Clifford Said.

Online condolences may be left for Shirley’s family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton. 

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