Merle Hooks, 90, of Tomball, passed away peacefully Friday, March 29, at her residence. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend whose sweet and loving spirit will be greatly missed.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in Houston with visitation at 2 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow.
The last of five children, Merle was born May 22, 1922, in Katemcy, Texas, Mason County, to Fred and Eunice Amarine Dobbs. After graduating from Mason Sr. High School in 1939, she visited family in Texas City and made it her home until 2009 when she moved to Tomball to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Merle was a longtime member of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Texas City and of the Texas City Business and Professional Women’s Club. She cherished her many dear church and B&PW friends as well as neighbors, coworkers and employers.
Survivors include daughter Jeanne Henley Hyde and husband David of Tomball; granddaughter Cari Bogan and husband Matt of Tomball; grandson Ryan Griggs and wife Elisa of New Braunfels; great granddaughters Ellie Grace and Jillian Nicole Bogan; nieces Kay Bewley and husband Nolan, and Debbie Green; and nephews James Durst and wife Jo Ann, Donald Durst, and Fred Dobbs and wife Paula.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Hooks; parents; brothers Melton, Jesse and Louie Dobbs; and sister Sadie Durst.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church of Texas City or to Houston Hospice. Special thanks are extended to the wonderful, caring staff at Houston Hospice.