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Dec. 28, 1924 — Dec. 5, 2016

Ellen Lois Genevieve Johnson Hooven, 91, passed away on Dec. 5, 2016, in Corvallis.

She was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Spokane, Washington, to Rudolph W.M. Johnson and Claudine L. Brown Johnson. She was raised and educated in Spokane, where she was involved in Camp Fire Girls and developed a lifelong interest in music and plants.

Ellen attended the University of Washington becoming a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She graduated in 1948 as the first woman to receive a Bachelor of Science in forestry from that university. During her university studies she met Edward F. Hooven, who she married Nov. 25, 1948.

She worked for consulting foresters in Portland until 1953, when the first of five children was born. She was a mother and homemaker as the family grew and moved to Corvallis, where her husband worked as a forest research professor at Oregon State University until his death in 1978. She remained active in music, serving as choir director for Mountain View Baptist Church, later joining the choir at Corvallis First Baptist Church and singing with the OK (Old Kids) Chorale. She enjoyed attending the Portland Opera.

Ellen was active with her church, served on the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and several other committees in Corvallis. She was an enthusiastic gardener, and canned many jars of jam, pickles, vegetables and fruits from her produce. She also enjoyed baking pies and cookies, and decorating cakes. She was an avid reader, followed the news closely and loved cats. She worked at the Willamette Council of Camp Fire office in Corvallis, then as secretary/office manager for the OSU College of Forestry Research Forests Office for 10 years until her retirement in 1989.

Ellen traveled extensively, and particularly enjoyed riverboat trips, historical tours and visits to Norway, Alaska and Hawaii. Ellen loved her home at Timberhill Assisted Living where she moved in 2006 and her last months were spent at Willamette Springs Memory Care in Corvallis.

Ellen is survived by her sister, Phyllis Smith (Salem); children Claudia (Richard) Hill (Salem), Rudolph (Roseanne) Hooven (Sussex, New Jersey), Paul (Margot Barnett) Hooven (Santa Rosa, California), Louisa Hooven (Corvallis) and Margaret (Patrick) Spence (Lake Stevens, Washington); and five grandchildren, Rosemary Hill, Joe Hill, Jennifer Spence, Dominic Botta and Matthias Spence.

She was predeceased by her husband.

A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 14, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 125 N.W. 10th St., Corvallis, officiated by Pastor Bill Knopp. Her remains will be laid to rest at Locke Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church. For more information call 541-754-7211.

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