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1934 Elwilda 2020

Elwilda B. "Willie" Hoobler

March 31, 1934 — April 19, 2020

Elwilda B. “Willie” Hoobler, 86, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Life Care Center in Burlington.            
She was born March 31, 1934 in Merino, Colorado the daughter of Earl and Elin Carlson How. Her family moved near Gridley, Kansas when she was a young girl and later settled west of Burlington.
Willie married the love of her life, Roy Eugene Hoobler on December 9, 1952 in Emporia. During their early years of marriage they lived on a farm southeast of Madison. In 1961 Willie and Roy moved Madison and in 1963 they made their home at their current address.
Willie was an avid softball coach and player. She was always up for Bingo and enjoyed playing cards at the Madison Senior Center.  Willie and Roy are members of the Madison United Methodist Church where she was a member of the U.M.W. Circle #3.  She loved family gatherings and spending time with those closest to her. 
Willie spent many years cleaning homes and looking out for older local residents, helping with their day to day needs.   
Willie will live on in the hearts of her devoted husband of 67 years, Roy Hoobler of their home in Madison; a daughter, Deborah Haag and her husband Tony of Olpe; a son, Bernard Hoobler of Madison; sisters, Doris Finical of LeRoy, Kansas, Jean Zorn of El Dorado, Kansas and Eileen Hollowell of Marion, Kansas; two grandchildren, Heather Luby of Emporia and Andrew Haag of Olpe; seven great-grandchildren, Nolan and Emma Fuzzell, Drew Haag, Theron Mays, Chase Langley, Paxton Luby and Harley Haag; several nieces and nephews as well as a host of dear friends. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Melissa Mays, a great-grandson, Henry Haag; sisters, Erlene Couch and Edna Stewart; brothers, John How and Walter How.  Cremation is planned with graveside services to be held in Blakely Cemetery in the near future. Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Senior Center and sent in care of the VanArsdale Funeral Home P.O. Box #488, Madison, Kansas 66860. Condolences may be expressed at

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