Obituary: Florence Hooker Eaton
Florence Hooker Eaton, 98, of Evart died Friday, Sept. 23. at her home in Chippewa Township, Mecosta County.
Florence was the beloved wife of the late Henry Joseph Eaton; mother of Wanda Eaton Hinojosa (Ramiro), of Dearborn, Henry Linus (Judy), of Rose, Okla., the late Betty Joan; Lewis (Carol), of Thomaston, Ga., Shirley Eaton Pope (David), Barbara Eaton Cisco, James (Sally) all from Evart, Sandra Eaton, of Baldwin, the late Marjorie Eaton; and stepson William (Phyllis) of Saginaw. She is the grandmother of 29; great grandmother of 55; great-great-grandmother of 22. She is the sister to twin brother, the late Floyd (Joyce) Hooker, the late Josephine Hooker Kitelinger (Everett), the late Ines Hooker Bushee (Ervin), the late Charles Hooker (Thelma and Grace) and the late Corrine Hooker Belden (George). Florence was born April 3, 1913 in Chippewa Township, Mecosta County, to Royal Smith Hooker and Lora Viola Denniston, both members of the early settler families of Mecosta County.
She married Henry in 1933, celebrating almost 58 years of marriage at his death in 1991. Florence worked hard all her life, raising eight children and sharing her home with her sisters and brothers, Henry’s brothers and nephews and nieces many times during the depression — cooking, doing laundry, chopping wood, milking cows, gardening, canning, all this without indoor plumbing or electricity! Henry and Florence moved to Detroit in October of 1941. They lived in a small rented house until she saved enough money for a down payment for a house of their own. They later bought a house with acreage in Nankin Township, Wayne County, and lived there until Henry retired in 1966. Henry and Florence then moved back to Mecosta County in a home they had purchased and renovated during many summer vacation trips. Florence was a proud member of the Col. Joshua Howard Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, tracing her ancestry back to Daniel Hooker, Oliver Cone, Silas Gates & Eber Hart and others, all of whom fought in the Revolutionary War.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, with Rev. Stephen Scott officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Evart.