PAPILLION, NEB. - Funeral for Maureen Kaye Whirlwind Horse Hooker, 70, Papillion Nebraska, will be at 10:30

a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Chadron Nebraska. Fr. Tom officiating. Burial will

be at Calvary Cemetery, Chadron, Nebraska. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Mark

Hooker who had passed in March of 1987.

Maureen was born on August 6, 1949, in Chadron to Maurice and Imogene Horse. She was

married to Mark Hooker on May 31, 1969, in Chadron.

Maureen Hooker had worked as a teacher since she was 21 years of age. During this time she

worked at Raymond Central as a business teacher and volleyball coach. Garden City Senior

High, as a business teacher, Business Professional of America Sponsor, Cheerleader Sponsor,

and Foreign Exchange Sponsor. Upon becoming an empty nester she took a job at State Farm

Insurance as an underwriter but her love of teaching took her back to Pine Ridge Job Corps in

Chadron where she continued to work with students from all walks of life and countries until she

retired in 2015.

The last three years of her life were spent doing what she loved most...spoiling and teasing her

grandsons. She was able to garden, watch anything that had to do with the Cornhuskers and

read until she fell asleep in her chair. Maureen always had a kind word for anyone that walked

into the room...friend, family, or stranger. She believed that if I treat others kind then others will

treat you kind when you need it. In one instance, she helped a student from Africa to find his

mom that he had thought had died when their village was attacked. That was Maureen, she

never wanted a kid to feel that they were lost or did not have a purpose.

Maureen leaves behind her mother, Imogene Horse, her two sisters Jeanne Horse and Luanne

Witt and brother-in-law Karl Witt all of Chadron Nebraska. Her daughter Kolette Gilbert,

son-in-law Travis Gilbert and grandsons Brady and Preston all of Council Grove, Kansas. Her

other daughter, Kami Truax, son-in-law Aaron Truax, and grandsons Hayden and Grayson all of

Papillion, Nebraska. Brother-in-law, Terry “Bim” Hooker and his wife Lois Larsen-Hooker of

Casper Wyoming. Sister-in-law Pat Hooker Santoro and her husband Lou Santoro of Alamos,

New Mexico. Sister-in-law Lisa Hooker-Young and husband Don Young of Denver, Colorado

Maureen’s last few days were spent on her terms. Just as she wanted it.