Cheryl Gay (Hentsch) Hoople died peacefully on the afternoon of August 9, 2022, aged 77, after a short and sudden battle with Lewy body dementia and corticobasal degeneration. She was born February 16, 1945, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Frank and Winifred Hentsch, and graduated from Lawrence High School.
During her teenage years, she enjoyed horseback riding with her sister Lanna, camping and canoeing with Senior Girl Scout Mariner Ship 660, and canoeing trips with the Ozark Waterways Canoe Club. She attended the University of Kansas where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and graduated (Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1968. She met her husband Douglas D. Hoople while attending the university.
Over the next few years, she followed her husband’s career in the Navy as they moved to Florida, Texas, California, Hawaii, and Washington State. While at these locations, she continued her career in journalism by writing feature articles for local newspapers. In Hawaii, she earned a Masters in American Studies (Urban Design) from the University of Hawaii. She has also led senior Girl Scout groups on Wider Opportunities Scouting in Venezuela and Japan.
She is the author of two award-winning books: A Heritage Sampler – A Book of Colonial Arts and Crafts and As I Saw It – Women Who Lived the American Adventure. These books received the American Library Association’s Outstanding Book Award and the Child Study Association’s Book of the Year Award.
When her husband retired from the Navy, they moved to Bellevue, WA, where she worked as a technical writer, copywriter, and in production management of planning, training, marketing, and technical documentation. for CH2M Hill and as Content Development Manager for Microsoft.
She was a long-time volunteer with the Bellevue School District’s Volunteer in Bellevue’s Education System (VIBES) as a classroom aide. She also enjoyed volunteering at Bellevue Botanical Gardens organizing educational tours for school groups.
A keen watercolourist, she was a member of the Eastside Association of Fine Arts (EAFA) and served on their board of directors. She has also developed and taught many watercolor courses for Daniel Smith Fine Arts Corporation in Bellevue and Seattle.
Cheryl is survived by her husband of 54 years, Douglas; sister and brother-in-law, Lanna and Robert Combs of Overbrook, Kansas; daughters Carrie Hipsher and Joey Hoople; and his son-in-law, John, and his grandsons, Dominic and John Hipsher.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for October 22, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas at 2:00 p.m. at Lawrence Hidden Valley Camp. In lieu of flowers, the Hoople family is asking that donations be made to Swedish/Providence Hospice (at swedishfoundation.org) whose loving care comforted Cheryl during her final months.
Cheryl was a free and independent spirit who loved the outdoors and canoeing. As a mother, she was dedicated to nurturing and supporting her daughters.
She will be buried in Tahoma National Cemetery.