Hooker, Frances Harriet Wilsey Mrs. – Obituary

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Frances Harriet Hooker, of La Grande and formerly of Union, died Friday, April 4, 2008, at a local care home in La Grande; she was 92. A life tribute and celebration was held at 3p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2008, at the Union Cemetery in Union, Ore. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory handled Arrangements.

Through the last 92 years, Frances touched many lives and helped many people whether volunteering at senior meals and the local food bank at the United Methodist Church in Union. She was usually the first one at Church on Sundays and would turn up the heat, start the coffee and help where she could; she was always there to please. Frances was born Jan. 21, 1916, in Flora to Frank John and Edith Anna Haltby Cole Wilsey, the third of seven children. She spent much of her childhood in Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. She is the descendant of early pioneer family, her grandparents, George Warren and Mary Ann Skelton Cole. On March 23, 1932 Frances married William Guy Hooker in Goldendale, Washington. Frances and Bill lived in Lewiston, Idaho for a year before moving to Pondosa, where Bill worked for the Mill for 21 years. Frances and her family then moved to Union in 1958, where she led an active life and remained in her own home until a stroke forced her to move to La Grande. When her hands permitted, Frances would hand tie quilts and donate them to the veterans in Walla Walla.

Frances was a long-time type 11 diabetic and controlled it with medication, diet and exercise and would test her blood every day. Diabetes ran in her family and she lost several siblings to the disease. Frances was also a very talented cook and would prepare amazing meals for her family, and learned to be careful to read food labels and prepare nutritious meals without sugar. Even after the death of her husband in 2002, she continued staying busy and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and baking sugar free cookies and candies. Frances and Bill celebrated 72 years of marriage and she said “After being married for 72 years, then finding yourself living all alone, you’ve got to do something!” an excerpt from a write up in the La Grande Observer for her 90th birthday, “Still Going Strong at 90″ published Jan. 24, 2006.

Mrs. Hooker was preceded in death by her husband, William Hooker, sisters: Mary Ethel and her husband, Leonard Goble, Nellie Marie and her husband George Parker, June Mae and her husband, Vernon St. Marie, Eleanor Florence and her husband, Charles Stephens, Donna Jean and her husband George Scriver, a brother, Melvin Lyle and his wife, Frances Wilsey and son-in-law, Aaron Ringer.

She is survived by a daughter, Norma Ringer of La Grande; son William C. Hooker and his wife Carol of Union; five grandchildren, Gayleen Marie Henderson, and her husband, Lynn, of Elgin, Mark Allan Ringer, Metta Jane Williams of Elgin, Deborah Ann Hull, and her husband, Todd, of Union, and Judy Renee Turner; eight great grandchildren, Mathew Douglas Hoffman, Joseph Eugene Hoffman, Chantle Malone, Mark Eugene Durbin, Kristina Turner, Austin Williams, Thomas Charles Hull and Rudy Oliver Turner and several great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union United Methodist Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 1508 4th St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 3, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor



MLA Source Citation:

White, Judy Wallis. Baker County, Oregon Obituaries. Published by AccessGenealogy.com. Copyright 1999-2013, all rights reserved. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 29 November 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/oregon/hooker-frances-harriet-wilsey-mrs-obituary.htm - Last updated on Aug 2nd, 2011


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