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Elsie Hoodenpyle

Posted 2006-08-19 by Edward Peed
Elsie A. Hoodenpyle, 88, of Kearny, passed away Aug. 7, 2006 in Globe.

She was born May 17, 1918 in South Dakota. Her parents were German/Polish immigrants who, after her birth, bought land near Faith, South Dakota. At an early age, Mrs. Hoodenpyle began helping with farm chores, rising before dawn and working until after dark in all kinds of weather, including the harsh cold winters with below freezing temperatures.

During World War II, Mrs. Hoodenpyle worked in the warehouse at Hill Air Force Base near Clearfield, Utah. She moved to Tucson in 1949 and married Herman Hoodenpyle in September 1949.

The couple had five children, Marjorie, Bill, John and Linda and a stillborn child. A loving mother and homemaker, she spent most of her time caring for her husband and children. While living in the Grand Canyon, Mrs. Hoodenpyle was a babysitter, cook and nurses’ aide at the Grand Canyon Hospital and Clinic.

Mrs. Hoodenpyle enjoyed her life; and she enjoyed her quiet times and times of solitude. She was thrifty and made do with what she had. She braided rugs from scraps of cloth, knitted mittens, scarves and hats, made quilts, embroidered pillow cases and canned fruits and vegetables. She enjoyed cooking and preparing family meals each day as well as baking breads, cookies, cakes and pies.

Survivors include her son, William H. Hoodenpyle of Phoenix; and daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Powell of Flagstaff. She was preceded in death by her son, John, in 1990, and her husband, Herman, in 1996.

Mrs. Hoodenpyle was blessed with good friends including John Johnson and Carol and Jimmie Meyer, who helped her in many ways. She was also blessed by the employees at Heritage Health Care Center who took care of her during the last years of her life and who with loving kindness made sure all her needs were met.

Graveside services were held for Mrs. Hoodenpyle at Mountain View Cemetery in Hayden on Aug. 10.

Griffith Mortuary assisted the family.

*Copper Basin News





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