Abigail Susan Hoats passed away on June 11, 2018 in San Francisco. She was born in Allentown, Pa. on November 7, 1978 to Thomas R. and Kaye E. Hoats. She grew up in Emmaus and graduated from Emmaus High School in 1996. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Penn State, and her M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Abby lived in the Bay Area after graduate school until 2014, when she relocated to Paso Robles in California’s Central Valley. She was employed by Chevron for the past eleven years. During that time, she spent more than three years in Angola. This gave her the opportunity to travel extensively, which she loved to do, especially in Africa and in South and Central America.
Abby volunteered her time wherever she was, first as an AIDS Buddy in Allentown, then with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in San Francisco. While with EWB, she traveled twice to Tanzania, working on a project to bring fresh water to a remote village. In Angola, she was instrumental in Chevron’s efforts to support local orphanages. In Paso Robles, she served on the Board of Directors of Must! Charities.
Abby lived her life to the fullest, always ready for a new adventure. She was dearly loved by her family and by many friends and colleagues who provided her with exceptional care and support while she dealt with a long and difficult illness. She always had a positive outlook and did not let her illness stop her from working hard or having fun.
Abby is survived by her parents; her sister Elizabeth (Betsy) Krauss, her husband Daniel Krauss and their daughter Rachel; and her fiancé Brian Armer. She is also survived by aunts and uncles Nancy and Joseph Bayzick, Mary Beth and Mark Luchi and Catherine Hoats and three cousins. She was preceded in death by her nephew Andrew Krauss and her uncle Robert Hoats.
Celebrations of Abby’s life will be held in California and in Pennsylvania at the convenience of the family, to be announced at a later date.
Donations in Abby’s memory may be made to Must! Charities, 212 S. Main St., Templeton, CA 93465, or to Engineers Without Borders, San Francisco Chapter, 972 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.