Vonnie Christine Hoover, 94, of Levelland and Highland Haven, Texas, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2022. Chris was born on Christmas day in 1927 to Louis and Annie Mae Yancey in Hollis, Oklahoma. She grew up on a farm and was accustomed to the hardship and labor of dryland farming in Oklahoma. She and her siblings assisted their widowed mother in taking care of their crops and livestock. Chris graduated from Westview High School as the Valedictorian of her class and excelled in basketball and volleyball. Chris’s first job was as a bookkeeper at the Hollis International Harvester dealer. She met and fell in love with her forever best friend, Sam T. Hoover. They were married in 1948, but only after Sam promised Chris that she would not have to milk a cow again. The couple farmed in Childress County and moved to Levelland in 1952. Sam and Chris were active members of the First Baptist church, supported the local 4-H and FFA organizations, Lobo sports and the Hockley County Livestock Shows. Chris was active in the Women’s Home Demonstration Club; she was a talented seamstress, an accomplished pastry chef, an excellent bowler and volleyball player. Sam and Chris were named Hockley County’s Farm Family of the Year in 1962.
The couple retired from farming in 1979 and moved to Highland Haven on Lake LBJ. They were active members of First Baptist Church in Kingsland. Chris loved to sing in the choir and her sewing talents were put to use making and altering costumes for the church’s Easter and Christmas pageants. She also sewed and made alterations for Madlyn’s in Marble Falls. She had an extensive list of customers that she sewed for and enjoyed the Ladies Quilting group in Highland Haven. Chris spent over 20 years with the Weight Watchers Organization. Chris and Sam enjoyed life on Lake LBJ; fishing and entertaining friends and family at their comfortable lake home. The couple hosted countless competitive games of 42, Sequence, Bunco and Skip-bo, just to name a few. The grandchildren were always eager to go to grand mommy’s house because they could count on all kinds of cookies, cakes, rice crispy treats and Sam’s famous fried catfish. When Sam’s health started to decline, Chris became his loving, constant caregiver. Sam passed away one month after their 60 year wedding anniversary. Chris continued to live in Highland Haven for three more years. In 2011, she decided to move back to Levelland to be near her daughter. She lived at Hickory House for a short time and then moved to Levelland Nursing Home as a result of a serious fall. She was the “social-butterfly” at LNH, always eager to participate in group games and welcome new residents. Chris was wonderful Christian lady who was devoted and supportive of her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, two sisters, Sam and granddaughter, Christie Devitt. She is survived by son Randy Hoover and wife Beverly of Dripping Springs; daughter Reisie Truelock of Levelland; three grandchildren, Cory Truelock and wife Laura of Lubbock; Brandon Hoover and wife Stacy of Bellville; Brittany Staggs and husband Micah of Lake Jackson; family friend Brent Devitt of Lubbock; seven great-grandchildren, Caly and Cason Truelock, Conner and Laney Devitt, Aiden and Zane Hoover and Luke Staggs.
Visitation will be held at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin St. Levelland, TX on Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 2pm-4pm. A second visitation will be held at Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. Kingsland, TX on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 1130am-130pm. Graveside services will follow at 2PM at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, 4219 Park Road 4 South Burnet, TX.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home 806-897-1111.