Mae E. Hook – Manchester (formerly of Colesburg)

mae-hook-picMae E. Hook, 100, of Manchester, Iowa, (formerly of Colesburg) completed her journey on earth on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  Mae was born the daughter of Gus and Lizzie (McDowell) Moser on August 12, 1916, at Garber, Iowa.

On July 10, 1957, Mae was united in marriage to Ernest “Ted” Hook.  He preceded her in death on October 4, 1962.

During her early years, Mae worked as a domestic helper in many homes in northeast Iowa and Wisconsin. She assisted with “baby cases” and other work around farm homes that needed to be done.  One particular family that she worked for was that of the parents of the late noted writer and columnist for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Mr. Thomas Gifford, of Dubuque.  After she sold the small acreage that she and her late husband owned on Elk Creek, she moved to Colesburg.  Mae worked for several years at the Domeyer Appliance Store in Colesburg. She lived in the same senior citizen apartment in Colesburg for more than 35 years, before falling and breaking her shoulder and hip, requiring her to become a resident of the Good Neighbor Home.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Don and his wife Goldie; and a sister, Doris.

Those wishing to make memorial donations in her memory may do so to the Elk Valley Cemetery or the Colesburg Fire Department.  Mae prayed for the fire department every afternoon for one hour, without fail, when she lived in her apartment.

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Graveside Memorial Service:  11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Elk Valley Cemetery, rural Elk Creek.  The service will be conducted by Pastor Joan Thomas of the Colesburg United Methodist Church.

A luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall of the Colesburg United Methodist Church immediately following the committal service.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood is assisting the family.