- F. Ruth Hooper
- Date of Death:
- Aug 13, 2012
- Location of Service:
- First Presbyterian Church - Maryville
Frances Ruth Hooper, Maryville, Missouri
Frances Ruth Hooper of Maryville, Missouri passed away August 13, 2012 at Nodaway Nursing Home of complete kidney failure.
Ruth was born July 8, 1913, in rural Holt County, near Maitland. She was the younger daughter of George Bethel and Grace M. Goodpasture. Her older sister, Lillian I. Hammond, died in 1990. Ruth was married in Mound City on November 29, 1933 to Thomas Reid Hooper who preceded her in death in 1989.
She graduated Northwest Missouri State College in 1954, the same year her son Charles graduated the University of Missouri, Columbia. She taught at Eugene Field School in Maryville from then until her retirement in 1978. She rarely forgot the name of one of her former students and could often remember their classmates and incidents that happened in their particular fourth grade class.
She was a graduate of Cottey College. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter HT (MO); Order of the Eastern Star; the Republican Party; Daughters of the American Revolution, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was a proud supporter of Northwest, the Maryville Public Library, and the Nodaway County Historical Society.
Ruth was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Maryville at the time of her death, but claimed that a part of her always stayed with the United Methodist Church in Maitland where she grew up. She served on various church boards for many years and remained interested in the congregation’s members and mission even after moving to Nodaway Nursing Home this summer.
Ruth declined to travel in her later years, but she and Tom moved from state to state, town to town, several times before settling in Maryville in 1949.
Mrs. Hooper is survived by her daughter Shirley McKee (Terry) of Beavercreek, Ohio; granddaughter, Marcy Novak (Rich); grandsons Tom, Mike (Heather), and Richard Hooper; great-grandchildren Ben, Amanda, Sam Novak, and Hannah and Reid Hooper; nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will also be remembered by her church family and her "kids" from Eugene Field School.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening, August 16, from 7:30 to 8:30 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 on Friday, August 17, at the First Presbyterian Church, Maryville with Pastor Jonathan Mitchell officiating and Robert Ceperley assisting. Burial will be at Maitland Cemetery, Friday afternoon at 2:00.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, Maryville. The family is grateful to the many individuals and groups who loved and assisted Ruth. She was a spunky lady, still young at 99.
- Location of Services:
- First Presbyterian Church
- 211 South Main