Adele Elaine Hoving
Adele E. Hoving was born February 25, 1934 to Jeannette and John Ekema in a rural farmhouse near Hancock, Minnesota. She attended school in Hancock and graduated as Valedictorian in 1951 and continued her education at Calvin College, graduating in 1955 with an English major. She traveled to Germany to marry Kenneth Hoving in Idar Oberstein in August of 1955 and they spent the following year traveling through Europe while her husband served as a medic in the army. They returned to Calvin to allow her husband to complete his undergraduate degree and she began her teaching career teaching fourth and eighth graders in Grand Rapids, MI. Ken and Adele moved to Seattle, WA while Ken completed his PhD in Psychology and then moved across the Midwest to Minneapolis and then Kent, Ohio where her husband taught at Kent State University and Adele taught high school Honors English at Kent Roosevelt High School. They adopted a daughter, Michelle and son, Dirk while in Kent and resided in Kent for 17 years. The family decided to move to Norman, Oklahoma in December of 1979 where Adele became involved in volunteering and part-time teaching and Ken served as Graduate Dean and VP for Research at all campuses at the University of Oklahoma. They lived in Norman for nearly 40 years.
Adele loved life in Norman and was active in many service organizations including the First Presbyterian Church Thrift Shop, PEO, University Women, School Bell, Assistance League and church choir. She and her husband were avid travelers and spent their retirement traveling with good friends, sailing in the Pacific Northwest and barging throughout Europe. They also took many trips to see their three grandsons play sports in high school and college including football, basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Adele held her friends far and near close to her heart. She was a beautiful person both inside and out will be missed by many but especially her husband of 64 years. Adele died on October 20 at the Norman Health Plex from terminal lung cancer and subsequent heart problems.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth and son Dirk Hoving of Norman, daughter Michelle Anderson, son-in-law David and three grandsons Michael, Matthew, and Jon Tyler of Rockford, IL.; and sister Barbara Wymore, who now lives in St Paul, MN.
Services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Norman. Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Thrift Shop at First Presbyterian church. Condolence messages may be left for the family at
Published on October 22, 2019


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Carol and Joe
Oct 25, 2019
Over 50 years of friendship means Adele still lives vividly in our hearts and memories. Our love goes out to the immediate family who will feel the loss more keenly than anyone else.
David Arango
Oct 25, 2019
Sorry for your loss. May your family be comforted by your many fond memories of your times spent together as a family.
Cal and Ardy Den Besten
Oct 25, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. We have many memories of good times with Adele and your family. Love and hugs
Oct 24, 2019
You two were so important to me in helping me to integrate into university life in Kent all those years ago. My sincere condolences Ken
Scott and Christine Gronlund (OU Psychology)
Oct 24, 2019
Our condolences on your loss.
Scott and Christy
Lucile Bedford (P.E.O sister)
Oct 22, 2019
Adele was a lovely lady. She & I shared the same February 25 birthday and I always thought of her on that date as I celebrated my own day!