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08/24/2013 - Donna Hooper

Funeral services for Donna Hooper, age 63, of Lakeside, NE will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Community Center in Rushville, NE. A memorial has been established for the Ronald McDonald House at the University of NE Medical Center. Donna, lovingly referred to as “Mrs. H,” died on Thursday, August 15, 2013. She was born Donna Meyers on February 28, 1950 in Omaha, NE to Mary Meyers. She lived there until meeting and marrying her best friend and soul mate, Lyndon Hooper, in 1975. She left the city to follow Lyndon to God’s Country near Rushville, NE. Lyndon became a brand inspector, and they moved to Ogallala, NE. In 1979, Lyndon and Donna moved back to the Hooper ranch, which she considered to be her one true home. Regardless of her job “title,” she was wife, mother, Nana and friend to all. For years Donna ran a rural mail route in the Sandhills where she looked after everyone along her route. She was the secretary for the principal at Rushville High School where she became mother to all the kids. Later, she had a floral and gift shop in Rushville, which became the gathering place for friends, family and kids. In 2002, Donna followed Lyndon to Winner, SD; this became their second home. Donna enjoyed being wherever Lyndon was, and she made friends along the way. Donna and Lyndon shared 38 wonderful years together and opened their home to many young people over the years. Donna was hilarious, warm, caring, giving, loved God, and never met a stranger. Survivors include husband Lyndon; daughter Kari (Nick) Jones and their children, Jozie and Alexzander, of Winner, SD; son Kory (Sonja) and their children Lane, Kadence, Toni and Thomas, of Lakeside, NE; son Todd Patrick (Bud), of Ormond Beach, FL; sister Sue Patrick of Ormond Beach, FL; brother Edward (Patricia) Meyers of Boise, ID; brother Randy (Deb) Frey of Longmont, CO; and many family and friends who loved her dearly.

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