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Elaine R. Hooker

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Elaine Ruth Hooker, 87, lifelong resident of Park Rapids, MN passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, November 17, 2022, at the Knute Nelson Crystal Brooke Memory Care Unit in Park Rapids.

Elaine R. Madsen was born on March 2, 1935, at Park Rapids, MN, the daughter of Elvin and Lillian (Truhn) Madsen. She grew up and attended school in Park Rapids where she graduated in 1953. She was united in marriage to Melvin F. Hooker on October 4, 1958, in Dorset, MN. They were blessed with two children - Diane and Bruce. Elaine was employed as a secretary at the Itasca-Mantrap Electrical Association, retiring in 2000. She enjoyed raising flowers, reading, doing crafts and needlework. She was a longtime member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

She is survived by her children - Diane (Keith) Backer of Tenstrike, MN; her son Bruce Hooker of Nowthen, MN; 3 Grandchildren - Layne Chiodo of Grand Rapid, MN, Kelsey Hooker, and Justin Hooker, both of Nowthen, MN; great grandchildren - Kolby, Cora, Harlow Chiodo. Her brother - Bob (Lavonne) Madsen of Park Rapids, MN; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin on 6-1-2020, her sisters Caroline Fake and Lenore Anderson, her granddaughter - Joslynn Backer 9-29-1990, and her daughter in law - Renae Hooker 9-4-2020.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 1:00 PM at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Park Rapids, MN. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the services. Interment will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids, MN. Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com.

Our family is forever grateful for the various individuals that provided care to Elaine as she navigated her journey with dementia, in particular, Marguerite and Paul Henry as they are proof that there are angels here on earth.

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