Jessie Lou Hooks (85) of rural Mason

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Published on May 11 2013 8:26 am

Jessie Lou Hooks, 85 of Mason died at 4:33 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation in Effingham.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Asbury United Methodist Church, rural Mason with Rev. Ed Wojnar officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Jessie Lou Hooks was born on November 1, 1927 to Jesse and Birdie (Smith) Higgs in Springfield, IL. She married Charles O. Hooks on August 2, 1952 in Altamont and he preceded her in death on February 27, 2011. She was a 60 year member of Asbury United Methodist Church where she served as a pianist and in many other capacities. Over the years Jessie worked at the Altamont Garment Factory and Fedders. She tirelessly assisted on the family farm and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and sharing the bounty from her vegetable and flower gardens. She was known for her day lilies and violets. She served as a Western Rooters 4-H leader and was a member of the Effingham County Home Extension, Order of the Easter Star, and Women’s Aglow. Jessie Lou had a very strong work ethic and always maintained a positive and optimistic outlook on life. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attended many of their activities. 

She is survived by her son, Dean (Sue) Hooks of Kirkwood, MO, her daughter, Susan Hooks-Phillips of Altamont, her brothers, Melvin (Mary) Higgs of Effingham and Leavitt (Edie) Higgs of Altamont, her sisters, Wanda Phillips and Pauline (Kenny) Vail both of Altamont and Hilda Schumaker of Effingham, her grandchildren, Christopher Phillips of Chicago, Ashley and Caitlin Phillips, both of Altamont, and Charlie, Sam, Molly and Peter Hooks, all of Kirkwood, MO.

In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Christine Wilcox. Online condolences may be expressed by clicking here.