Doris E. Hood, 92, of Ogallala, previously of Ericson, passed away Friday, October 3, 2014 at Golden Ours Convalesent Home in Grant surrounded by family.
Doris was born February 22, 1922 in Lebanon, Kansas, to Emery and Gladys (Rollins) Lewis.
She spent her early childhood in Smith County, Kansas then moved to Garfield County, Nebraska, in 1930. Her family raised cattle near the village of Erina.
Doris married Norman Hood on June 30, 1943 in Burwell. Norman and Doris had four sons: Verlin, Richard, Norven and Marjil. They lived near Burwell until 1964 when they moved to the Malmsten Ranch north of Burwell. They moved to Ericson in October 1971. Norman died February 6, 1991.
During her life, Doris pursued a number of interests. She worked with her husband breaking and training horses, sewed and mended clothes and helped out at the Ericson Locker. Doris wrote the Ericson News for the Ord Quiz for several years. She attended services at the United Methodist Church. She was active in TOPS for many years.
She enjoyed horses, quilting, crocheting and most of all traveling with Elsie Rickerson to see her family and grandchildren including many trips to Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman, son Verlin, sisters Opal Maring and Lenora Barthel, brother Allan Lewis and 1 great grandchild.
She is survived by her sons Richard and wife Charlette, of Lewellen, Norven David and wife Judy, of Pleasanton, Marjil and wife Sandy of Burwell, and daughter in law Wilberta Hood of Palestine, TX; her sister Glendora Ingraham of Burwell; as well as 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend.
Services will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala with Duane Dunwoody officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul, Nebraska at 4 p.m. (CST) on Friday.
Visitation will be on Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala.
Among her many other gifts, Doris wrote poetry. At her mother’s passing she wrote these words:
God prepared a place for her,
and called her to His throne.
He gave to us the memories,
the love for us was shown.
He called her to His side,
her busy hands were stilled.
Her wisdom no longer guides us,
her life so graciously is filled.
Her cheerful voice when we meet,
we will no longer hear,
But the memories of our precious Mother,
will be forever near.