Barbara S. Hook
Barbara S. Hook
  • May 10, 1933 - September 7, 2017
  • Tallahassee, Florida

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Born Barbara May Borden, on May 10, 1933, in Columbus, Ohio to Roy M and Ellen Marsh Borden. She was nicknamed Elsie. Barbara attended Columbus public schools before enrolling at Ohio State University to study Library Science.
In the summer of 1953 Barbara married John F. Stoneburner, a West Point graduate, and began traveling the world while raising their three children: Leslie Ellen, Janine Claire, and Karl Sander. In 1964 John was killed in Vietnam and Barbara returned to Columbus with her children.
After several years as a single mom, friends from the Army introduced her to a career Army officer, Ralph Hook, who had lost his wife and was raising two children, Rebecca Lynn and Stanley Brett, on his own. Barbara and Ralph were married and the family of seven hit the road, living on Army bases until they retired to 27 acres outside of Monticello, Florida.
In Monticello, Florida, Barbara clerked in the Jefferson County Courthouse. The family attended Monticello First United Methodist Church, where she taught adult Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was active in the community, contributing to many non-profit organizations to better the lives of others. She traveled several times to Cuba to build schools and churches.
Barbara and Ralph eventually moved to Tallahassee. The couple joined St. Paul's United Methodist Church where they continued working for the betterment of their community and world.
Barbara was an excellent cook and an even better artist. She excelled at decorative painting and watercolor, though she had a great eye for all design. She shared her talents by teaching others and by donating her artwork to numerous fundraisers.
Barbara is survived by her husband Ralph, their 5 children, 9 grandchildren: Shannon, Sarah Keith, Thomas, Richard, Jacob, Amanda, Georgia, Joby, and Kris, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Barbara left this world on September 7th, 2017 and was interned at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park on Timberlane Road, in Tallahassee, Florida.
On Sunday, September 24, at 3:00 in the afternoon, a celebration of Barbara's life will take place, at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, in Tallahassee, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Tallahassee Alzheimer's Project (Alzheimer's Project, Inc., 301 E Tharpe St, Tallahassee, FL, 32303) or Big Bend Hospice (1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, 32308).