-- — Margaret Ann Hooten, 89, Batesville, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at Margaret Mary Community Hospital.
Born June 8, 1922, in Batesville, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mathilda (Billman) Ferkenhoff.
The 1940 Batesville High School graduate married John Hooten Aug. 8, 1942, at St. Louis Catholic Church. He preceded her in death Feb. 14, 2008, after 65 years of a wonderful marriage.
Margaret was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, which she loved very much. She was a past president and member of the St. Louis School PTA in addition to being the past president and member of the Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 Auxiliary for 41 years.
Margaret loved to cook. Her specialty was homemade turtle soup. She loved cooking for her family and the many folks who would stop by her home to visit. Her friends and family would know when she was making her soup because you could smell it when you got off the interstate. Margaret also loved her flowers and spending time in the flower garden.
The neighborhood kids all loved Mrs. Hooten, as she was known to them, and were always coming over for cookies and candy. To say she loved playing cards would be an understatement. If two or more people came in through the back door, it was a card game in progress.
Her children said she could be strict when needed, but was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed by all. The only hatred she had in her was that some folks had to go without, so donating to the food pantry or Shop With a Cop program was a common occasion.
Margaret is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Griffin, Butler, Ky., Patti Wuestefeld and Debbie Kramer, Batesville, and Peggy Engelke, Soldotna, Alaska; sons Ronald J. and Larry Hooten, Batesville, and John J. Hooten, Lawrenceburg; sisters Gloria Ferkenhoff, Cincinnati, and Elverna Comer, Rushville; along with 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Olivia Bentfield, Clotilda Schreiner, Maggie Bartling, Eugenia Willett, Juanita Chappellow, Carl Ferkenhoff and Mary Ferkenhoff, who died as an infant.
Visitation is Friday, May 25, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with Father Randy Summers officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St Louis School. Online condolences may be made at www.meyersfuneral homes.com.