Hortence Hooper

July 6, 1932December 29, 2018

Hortence “Hardy” Hooper, 86, passed away, surrounded by her family, at Memorial Hermann-Memorial City Medical Center, Saturday, December 29 at 6:45 A.M.

Born July 6, 1932, in Houston, Hardy was the daughter of the late Pete and Rose (Alva) Ybarra.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Shirland Howard Hooper, who passed away March 3, 1993. Hardy and Shirland met in their beloved San Antonio and were married in Houston on April 3, 1952.

She was a graduate of John H. Reagan High School.

Hardy was a lively lady with a great sense of humor. She resided at her home in Northwest Houston which she cherished dearly. She loved her family and adored her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and shopping. She had a great love of art and enjoyed drawing and painting.

She had a deep Catholic faith and was a devoted Christian. She enjoyed following the ministries of Kenneth Hagin, Joel Osteen and the 700 Club, among others.

Surviving her are her children, Stephen Hooper (wife Lori) of Tomball, Cindy Oldham (husband Greg) of Houston, Darrell Hooper (wife Donna) of Cypress; her grandson, Jack (Cindy and Greg); and her granddaughter, Lexie (Darrell and Donna). Hardy is also survived by a large extended family that she loved dearly.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Pete Ybarra and her sister, Annie Rocha.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M., Monday, January 7 at Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek. A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

A funeral Mass celebrating the life of Hortence Hooper will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 8 at Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the church.

A private burial service will be held at Houston National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Rosary Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hortence Hooper

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Lexie Hooper

January 7, 2019

Dear Grandma,
You were a very loving, respected and devoted woman. You were proud of your family and especially us grandchildren.
The many memories we shared are times that I will cherish forever. The amount of love and compassion you showed towards other's is something I've always admired and wish to have as I grow older. Your devoted passion to Christ was most impactful to me and I aspire to follow in your footsteps.
I know you are in a better place now and I will do everything in my power to make you proud as you look down on me from Heaven. You will always have a very special place in my heart and never be forgotten. Thank you for being the woman I wish to be...I love you forever Grandma!!
Love always,

Stephen Hooper

January 6, 2019

Our Mom who was the greatest and the best of everything. She raised us well and thought us everything about the world we live in. She was also the greatest cook at home. She loved sewing and having a great conversation. When I was little she always took me everywhere around town. She loved the 50's and 60's movies. She was a 20th century woman, for she was smart and witty. her greatest gift to me was cooking. I learned from her well. She loved mexican food and seafood. Mother thought us about the Catholic way very well. Mother has always been there for us and always helped us in many ways in which we can remember. We will miss her for a short time, before God calls us into service. For God is my Father and he said our family will rejoin together again in the near future ..... For this earth is a dream, and soon we will go home again.

Raven Ybarra

January 2, 2019

Aunt Hardy,

Thank you for our last conversation we had over the phone. You gave me so much insight on who my dad was as a little boy. I will cherish our talk forever. I really needed that and you gave me that gift. You are such a beautiful woman and I wish I had taken more time to get to know you better. My Dad loved you. Im happy that he has his sister now. I’m sure you have lots to talk about! You and my dad will both be remembered by myself and your daughter Cindy. I love you and may you Rest In Peace! ♥️

Elizabeth Deden

January 2, 2019

Through others your faith and understanding of the Bible and God will be shared for many years to come. Thank you for your wonderful blessings you have given to your daughter; Cindy and Grandson; Jack as they have shared with so many.