Ethel Hoover

Ethel Hoover

Saturday July 31, 1937 - Monday December 21, 2020
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Deceased Name: Ethel Hoover
Date of Birth: Saturday, July 31, 1937
Date of Death: Monday, December 21, 2020

Graveside service for Ethel Mae Hoover, 83, of Ferriday, LA will be held at Cypress Grove Cemetery on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 10AM, under the direction of Young's Funeral Home.

Ethel Mae Hoover was born July 31, 1937 in Concordia Parish, LA and died peacefully on December 21, 2020 in Ferriday, LA.

She was affectionately loved and nicknamed “Ouiser” (Steel Magnolias) by her children and grandchildren for her sense of humor and approach to life. She loved deeply, was a giving and generous soul, and always stood up for and rooted for the underdog. She had a love of gardening, her day lilies brought her great joy, was an avid reader, had an incredible memory for history and passion for politics. She enjoyed hearing and telling a good joke, playing trivial pursuit, and would sing an old ditty when the moment struck her.

Ethel had a diverse career. She was a secretary for the Ferriday High School and the Concordia Parish School Board for many years. After relocating to Savannah, GA for a number of years to be near her children, she worked as a legal secretary to an Attorney, Engineering firm, and was an assistant to a television producer. She later moved back to Ferriday, LA to care for her mother, Bernice Halford, whom she was devoted to. She also worked for the State of Louisiana Medicaid office, retiring in 2006.

She is preceded in death by her father W.H. Halford, mother Bernice Halford, beloved son Larry Dale Hoover, brother Derris “Bo” Halford, and sister Dorothy “Dot” Robinson.

She is survived by her son, Benny Joe Hoover (Wanda Wiggins) of Savannah, GA; Daughter Robin Decker (Bill) of Roanoke, VA. She is also survived by six grandchildren - Chad Hoover, Nikki Gergacs, Jodi Lewis, Shawn Decker, Jeremy Tarver, Adam Tarver and eleven great grandchildren: Austin, Casey, Braden, Breanna, Charlee, Gracie, Finley, Cameron, Emily, Kobe and Katie; Siblings Clifford “Sambo” Halford (Edwina), Harry Michael Halford (Nory), Guy T. Halford (Frankie), Iris Carroll (Johnny), Edith Carter, Jerri Briggs (Sherman) and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Due to the current need for social distancing the family will have a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimsers Association and local Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday, LA.

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Edith Carter

Posted at 07:53pm
My dear sister, I have always loved you, and will miss you. I treasure the talks we had over the years, I treasure the wisdom you left to me. You were unique, one of a kind, most importantly you were always real. My condolences to your family, they have lost a treasure. Edie.

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