Ruth P. Earnest Hooley, 79,
of Nampa, died Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at her home of
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June
29, at the First Mennonite Church, 903 6th St. N., Nampa.
Robert Garber of the First Mennonite Church will officiate.
Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Ruth was born June 21, 1917, to Joseph and Alice
Swanzendruber Brenneman, at Kalona, Iowa, where she was reared
and educated. She married Norman E. Earnest on Dec. 28, 1938,
at Kalona. They moved to Casselton, N.D., in 1947, then moved
to Nampa, Idaho, in the fall of 1948, where they established
the family farm north of town.
Ruth was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Nampa,
where she was active as a Sunday school teacher and involved
in Women's Ministries as an enthusiastic quilter for many
years. She volunteered at Gifts Internationale for a number
She lost her beloved husband, Norman, on May 6, 1973. She
was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a wonderful
homemaker. Her life was filled with love for her children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoyed
them, and was very thankful and felt blessed to have all her
children live near her.
On June 7, 1987, she married Harold Hooley. They traveled
extensively the first year of their marriage, which she
Ruth carried out her strong faith in God through prayer.
Every morning she would pray for her entire family each by
name, then for other relatives and friends. Her prayers had a
great influence on many people and will be greatly missed.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Harold Hooley of Nampa;
four sons and their wives, Philip and Alice Earnest, Leland
and Martha Earnest, Everett and Lois Earnest of Nampa, and
Galen and Marlene Earnest of Caldwell; two daughters and their
husbands, Alice and Larry Hostetler of Nampa, and Vonnie and
Bob Oxnam of Ontario, Ore.; 17 grandchildren, David, Scott and
Kristy Earnest, Jana Oesch, Kim and Michelle Borcher, Kirk,
Tami and Jerry Earnest, Marla Skogsberg, Jill and Darcie Oxnam,
Chris, Nick and Jacob Earnest, and Heather and Joe Earnest;
six great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Maradene Hooley
Wallace and Alice Hooley Earnest; 11 stepgrandchildren; and 21
great-stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
parents; husband, Norman; one brother; three sisters; and one
stepdaughter, JoAnn Hamilton.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Nampa
Mennonite Church Building Fund, 903 6th St. N., Nampa 83687;
or flowers may be sent.
Friends may call today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alsip
Funeral Chapel, Nampa.