In Memoriam
Elsie  Mae  Hood
Sequoyah Grandparent Program

     TAHLEQUAH -- Elsie Mae Hood , 99, of Tahlequah, formerly of Tulsa, went to her heavenly home March 10, 2005. She was born Dec. 21, 1905, in Nuyaka, to Quimby and Almeda Wheeler. She was married to Lon B. Hood until his death in 1954. They raised two daughters, Bernice Stratton of San Diego, Calif., and Virginia Reed of Tulsa.

Elsie left Tulsa to accept the position of dorm "house mother" at both Cherokee Hall and Leoser Dormitory at NSU in Tahlequah. She retired in 1971. She was known and loved as "Mom Hood" by hundreds of students. She was honored with the Citation of Merit award for having a profound effect on the lives of those students. She exemplified what a true dorm mother was, by always being a surrogate mother for the students living away from home.

After retiring from NSU, Elsie was a member of the foster grandparent program at Sequoyah Indian School and the NSU Alumni Association. She was a member of the First Christian Church for 46 years, and a member of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her two daughters; a stepson, Harry Hood; son-in-law, Jack Reed; grandchildren, Jim Weillis, Brenda Armstrong, Steven Stratton, Suzanne Wadsworth, Randy Stratton and Jacki Reed; also Emma, Donna, Bonnie, Robert, Suzie, Sammy and Annette.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 14, at the First Christian Church of Tahlequah. Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or Trinity Hospice, both of Tahlequah.