Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 7, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, October 7, 2023 



Sierra Madre’s Katrelya Anne Angus was welcomed into the presence 
of our Lord on August 24, 2023.

Katreyla was the first born to John and Fay Angus on May 14, 
1961, in Pasadena California. She was raised in the shadow of Mt. 
Wilson with the families and townsfolk of Sierra Madre.

She loved literature, animals, fantasy, renaissance history, nature, 
theology, belly dancing and her hometown.

As Katrelya grew her passions grew with her. She studied and excelled 
in English literature and Renaissance history. She graduated 
from Pitzer College Pomona and produced and enjoyed 
respected scholastic works, most notedly focused on her literary 
heroes; C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien. She earned honorable fellowships 
and was published regularly. She adored her chapter of the 
SCA and never missed a Renaissance Faire.

Her most valued friendships were forged at faire and provided a 
lifetime of joy and memories for her.

Katrelya was influenced by Sierra Madre’s eclectic art culture 
in the 70s. Years of experiencing the city’s art fairs, parades and mingling with musicians, painters, 
craftsmen and dancers in town and in the canyon inspired her. She adopted belly dancing as her media 
to express her creativity.

Her greatest joy was caring for the small and defenseless creatures of the woods. She joined and helped 
grow volunteer organizations charged with rescuing orphaned opossums that would otherwise be left 
to perish. She loved them more than some people and they lived very well in her care.

Katrelya spent her days year after year preparing for whatever was the next really important thing. 
Holidays, events, new releases, parades, performances, writings and so on. She had no interest in typical 
or practical. She woke every morning with a wonder to pursue and had no patience for distractions 
we would call sensible. She lived for Halloween and Christmas. Most of us admire a field of carved 
pumpkins, Katrelya would lay down among them and fill her senses. And again, the next day. A decorated 
Christmas tree stood in her home year-round. She prepared for her July 4th parade performance 
all year long. 

Katrelya possessed a brilliance and a kindness that she struggled to share. Her ways were her own, she 
greatly valued her friendships and relationships, but she was content in herself. She presumed everything 
and apologized for nothing. She was yours to get, or not to get. And for the grace of God so went 
she. All the way to the last day. And we love her.

She is survived by her younger brother Ian and his wife Melissa and her two nieces and two nephews: 
Brandon, Luke, Shelby and Tara Angus.

A memorial will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 11am at the band shell in Sierra Madre Memorial 
Park, 222 W Sierra Madre Blvd. All who knew her are welcome to bring a chair or blanket and join us 
in the park as we celebrate the life of this amazing woman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to 
several organizations that were dear to Katrelya’s heart: Cleo’s Critter Care. (Cleo took in and is caring 
for Katrelya’s opossums), PETA, The C.S. Lewis Foundation, The Sierra Madre Conservancy, and the 
Alice Cooper Solid Rock Foundation.


Third generation Sierra Madrean Elizabeth Rae Hoffman, 
age 29, died suddenly Wednesday, October 27, 2023, in her 
home on Auburn Ave. 

She was an artist, cook, teacher, student, loving daughter, 
sister, auntie and friend. She was a miracle whose energy 
and love blossomed in her art. Flowers and landscapes and, 
like her grandmother Rosita, pottery flourished at her hand. 

The timeline that shaped her gracious soul includes attendance 
at Queen Margaret College, Wellington, New 
Zealand. Ecole Jeannine Manuel, Paris, and Sierra Madre 
Middle school. At La Salle High School she was a two time 
hall of fame, all CIF, all American aquatics and water polo 
athlete under cap number 4 (her sister wore that one, too). 
From La Salle, it was on to Marist College in New York D1 
water polo and a BA. Then on to Cal State Northridge for a graduate degree teaching credential 
and then APU for a Masters in Fine Art. The final flourish of her life was teaching high school 
at Mt Sac Early College Academy, West Covina. She loves those kids.

Ellie became ill and was diagnosed with an infection and Covid Tuesday, and died Wednesday 
morning. She was taken from us in less than a day. 

We thank the teams from the Sierra Madre Police Department, the Sierra Madre Fire Department, 
and Los Angeles County Coroner's office for their kindness, compassion.

Ellie is survived by her mother Marty and father John, her brother Ian and sister Olivia. And a 
gaggle of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, hundreds of high school students she considers 
her own, and you. 

A celebration of Ellie’s life will be held at La Salle High School Saturday October 14 starting at 
11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the La Salle High School or Mt Sac Early 
College Academy art departments. 

May her soul rest in peace. 

With love, the Hoffman family. 

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