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Frances Hoots
Frances Hoots

Former West Plains resident Frances Hoots, 86, died June 21, 2011, at the home of her daughter in Glendale, Arizona, following a long illness.

Frances Elizabeth Moore, the daughter of Austin and Lida Moore, was born November 26, 1924, in Carter County, Missouri. She grew up in Van Buren, Missouri and graduated from Van Buren High School in 1942.

In 1944 she married Carl Hoots, and following his discharge from the army, they settled in West Plains, where she lived for the next sixty years.

Mrs. Hoots was a long-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She retired from Ozarks Medical Center in 2003 after working twenty-nine years as a medical transcriptionist.

Mrs. Hoots is survived by her three children, Steve Hoots of Springfield, Missouri, Vicki Darr, of Glendale, Arizona and Greg Hoots of Kansas City, Kansas. She is also survived by one sister, Essie Mae DePung, of St. Louis, Missouri, and by six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, and one sister.

Mrs. Hoots was an avid gardener, taking great pride in her flower beds. She was also a prolific quilter, creating quilts herself and with a quilting group in West Plains. She collected many hand-made quilts. She took great pleasure in reading, but found her greatest joy in her family.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 2, at Homeland Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Those wishing to accompany the funeral procession should arrive at Carter Funeral Home by 1:30 pm.



  1. Roger Good
    June 30, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    Vicki and Greg,

    I am so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.



  2. Marilyn (Brotherton) Slack
    June 30, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I’m going to be out of town this weekend or I would be at the memorial service. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  3. Maria Putnam Jindra
    June 30, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    You many not remember me from High School, but I surely remember you and have thought of you through the years. I extend my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother. She sounds like a most interesting woman and I share her love of flowers. I pray God’s peace is with you and your family, and have all the faith that your Mother is in paradise and also with you and your family at this time.

    Deepest Sympathy,
    Maria Putnam


  4. Susan Phelan
    July 1, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    My sympathy to you at the time of your Mother’s passing. My Mother loved your Mom and respected her a lot. My mother was your Dad’s cousin. She was Ann Emrick Morton. I am Susan Morton Phelan. I live in Gainesville, MO now. I wish we had been able to keep in touch before your mother passed. I hope that we can keep in touch now. I will try to be at the Funeral Home to go to the cemetery on Saturday. Again I express my sympathy to you. I must warn you that I am a novice genealogy enthusiast so I may be asking dates. I do not have birthdates for all my second cousis and I feel that I should. My sister Nancy passed away earler this year and my brother Larry passed away the same year that Mom did. I am the only one left and feel that I need to find family and keep the connection. If there is anything that I can do, let me know. We have a spare bedroom if anyone needs a room and we are only 45 minutes away from West Plains. I wil try to see you Saturday. Love, Susan


  5. Judy Campbell Ingalsbe
    July 1, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    To the Hoots family – I was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing but looks like she was blessed with a long life. Please know that there are many from the “Class of 74” thinking of you and your family. If there is anything that I can do to help let me know.


  6. Rhonda Murphy Gallagher
    July 1, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hopr the support of friends and family are of comfort to you now. You will be in amcy thoughts and prayers.


  7. Beverly Willard Wright
    July 2, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Dear Vicki,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of both you and your mom. She was a wonderfu, kind person. I lost my mom in January of this year, and I understand your loss. I would love to catch up with you sometime! I hope you find peace in the months ahead.


  8. Paula Ritter England
    July 4, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    Vicki and Greg,
    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I know you will miss her. I remember how much she loved her garden. Please know my thoughts are with your family.



  9. Jackie Barnhart
    July 4, 2011 @ 6:40 pm


    I was so sorry to hear about Frances. I know how much you all loved your Mom. She was such a special lady. Peace be with you and your family.



  10. Jeanne Feller Murrell
    July 5, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Frances was a dear friend of our Mother, Genevieve Feller. Together, Joe, Genevieve, Frances and Carl had many good times. May God keep you in HIS care during this difficult time. The Feller Families


  11. Beverly Amburgey Utnage
    July 7, 2011 @ 8:35 am


    I worked with your Mom for over 10 years at OMC and seeing her everyday was a pleasure!
    She was a great role model and never backed down from what she believed was right even when she was extremely challenged. She was also very proud of her children.
    God bless you and your family!


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