Georgia Faye Hoose

Born: Sat., Apr. 23, 1927
Died: Thu., Dec. 1, 2011

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Georgia Hoose, born Georgia Fay Johnston, died peacefully on December 1, 2011, a beloved granddaughter at her side. Born April 23, 1927 in Pilot Rock, Oregon, to George Johnston and Fay Dick Johnston, Georgia lived with her parents and sister Eva Lou on their ranch, attending a one-room schoolhouse, graduating in 1944 from Pilot Rock Union High School, and then attending the University of Oregon. A child during the Great Depression, she was fortunate that her family could afford to help others. She remembered cooking for the ranch hands daily with her mother and sister. Transients that came by looking for food or work were always welcomed and fed. She had a pet sheep Curly whom she would ride. Born a country girl, she craved bigger experiences, and moved to Los Angeles in 1952 where she married Harned Pettus Hoose, an attorney. She became his office manager so they shared both a professional and a personal life. Harn expanded into international trade and traveled frequently to Southeast Asia, and then to China where Georgia accompanied him. During her L.A. years, the family lived in Brentwood in a mansion once owned by Greta Garbo, where she told of checking the mail in her jeans and t-shirt when a movie star tour bus cruised by, with a chorus of "There she is!" She moved to Newport Beach in 1975, where they lived until Harn died in 1981. In 1989, she moved back to her much-loved Oregon, craving her roots in "God's country" in her later life as much as she desired excitement as a young woman. Georgia was on a lifelong spiritual quest, a Christian, and described herself as a "prayer warrior." She was a hopeless romantic, at the center of every family event. She will be desperately missed as she looks down on us from Heaven. She is survived by a multitude of loving family members: sons Winston Hoose and Ted Hoose; daughters Barbara Hoose, Lisa Windsor daughter of first husband Don Windsor, Shelley Hoose, and Georgia Lewis; grandchildren Max Lopez, Michael Lopez, Michelle Lopez Rapp, Ramona Quincey, Ayla Quincey, Wesley Lewis, James Lewis, Jordan Lewis, Blake Lewis, Ryan Lewis, and Jacob Lewis; and great-grandchildren Armando Lopez and Jackson Rapp. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, December 8th, at 10:00 A.M. at Burns Mortuary chapel in Pendleton. Sign the online guestbook: Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

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Jeanene Stermer
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
Thank you, Georgia's treasured and adored family, for sharing Sweet Georgia with me. I so enjoyed many hours with Georgia whenever I lived in Pendleton and later on the phone whenever I returned to my home grounds as well. She so looked forward to the after earth experience, and I rejoice for her...although my heart is broken at this moment. God bless you all!

Vanessa Bennett
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
My love and prayers go out to your family and friends at this time. You will be missed but I know your with Mom, your parents and the Lord. Love you Aunt Georgia.

Carol J Pratt
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
Oh, Georgia, how I loved our discussions. You were such a brilliant lady with a heart of gold. Your mind was always searching for a better answer to God. My love to all of your family and friends.

lisa windsor
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
My beloved mom, my best friend, my confident. Always there for me, don't know what I will do without her Still look for her in her chair, when I wake up in the morning but. she is not there. She is in heaven now but, I know she is watching over us. I love you and miss you mom but, I can't be selfish, you are with Jesus now and are no longer suffering. Thank you Lord for blessing me with a mom that was a gift from you.

Eric Kalkhurst
   Posted Wed July 11, 2012
I worked with Harned when he first opened China to US business. He was a friend, mentor, and teacher. Georgia would take good care of me when Harned and I were working endless hours to develop business plans for a country where all normal things did not work. If any of their children read this please contact me at as there is a interested party who wants to write a major piece on Harned and his contribution to US-China relations. I know that Harned kept a lot of records and journals which we would like to review. Some of these are at the Nixon Library but not as much as I remember Harned wrote down. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Eric

Carlos Motta
   Posted Sat January 25, 2014
I came by this obituary by accident and was saddened to find out that Georgia Hoose had passed. I met you a long time ago and have wonderful memories of you and your family. I still remember reading lunch in the back yard, everything about that home, especially Georgia, was like a dream. Thank you for the memories and the inspiration.

Sharon (Murphy) Held
   Posted Sun February 09, 2020
I came upon an old photo of Barbie and Ted from 1958 on Zelzah. We lived next door. Google showed me this obituary and “Win, Barbara, and Ted” is undoubtedly the correct family. If you see this and would like the photo, just email. Those were the days!
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