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Marleigh Ann Hoy

Born - September 29, 1952

Lyons, Wayne County, New York

Died - July 14, 1976

Hebron, Thayer County, Nebraska

Buried - Westlawn Hillcrest Cemetery,

 Douglas County, Omaha, Nebraska









AUGUST 1, 1979


Nebraska Special Olympics is proud to announce the opening of the Nebraska Special Olympics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will honor both athletes and coaches, who throughout their involvement in Special Olympics exemplify the true Olympic Sprit. Each year, two coaches and ten athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, based on participation, courage, love, devotion, effort, behavior, cooperation, sportsmanship, integrity, personality, joy, confidence, and enthusiasm, as they work and compete in Special Olympics.


The Hall of Fame trophy, donated by the men & women volunteers from Offutt Air Force Base, has been named in memory of

Marleigh Ann Hoy.


 Marleigh was born September 29, 1952, in Lyons, Wayne County, New York, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Hoy, who currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska.


Marleigh graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1974. She received a degree in Elementary and Special Education. It was while attending the University that Marleigh became involved with working with "Special People". She worked at LOMR in Lincoln all the while she attended school. After graduation, Marleigh taught at the Educational Service Unit #5 in Hebron, Nebraska. While teaching at Hebron, Marleigh spent many hours coaching and training Special Olympic athletes. Marleigh traveled as a friend and chaperone on camping and several other outings with her students as well as bringing teams to Special Olympic State Games.

 Marleigh Hoy was killed in an accident as she was driving the school van to take students

 home from a summer session on July 14, 1976.


Because of People whose interest, enthusiasm, and unselfish efforts give Special Persons a chance to learn,

 a chance to grow, and a chance to know the joy of sports and athletic competition through participation in

Special Olympics, we proudly present the Marleigh Ann Hoy Memorial Trophy to the

Nebraska Special Olympics Hall of Fame.



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Brother -Dennis Avery Hoy

Born - July 2, 1947


Sister- Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste

Born -May 10, 1958



Father Daniel Lewis Hoy

Mother - Bertha Jane (Hermenet) Hoy



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