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Enid Hood - May 18, 2012

Enid Elaine Hood, age 84, of Carrollton, Texas, died at her home June 24, 2012. She was born May 18, 1928 in her home on Hill Farm near Niobrara, Neb. to Earl and Margery Barington.

She attended country school in the hills of Niobrara and then graduated from Niobrara High School. She then taught school in the same country school that she attended while continuing to live where she was born, on Hill Farm.

She married John Ellingson in Yankton, S.D. in 1945. They lived in Niobrara and moved to several different locations in Nebraska as John worked for the Chicago and North Western Railroad and was required to move and work at several railroad locations.

They raised four children in Blair, Neb. and Norfolk, Neb.: Diane, Jim, Lori and Mike. While living in Blair, Enid and family owned and operated the Topper Café. Enid worked for Safeway and later worked for Huntel in Blair. While living in Fort Calhoun, Enid worked at Wilkerson Manufacturing in their aluminum division and picked up the nickname of “Sam.” She retired in Holyoke with Harlan Hood, whom she married in Blair in 1975, and purchased her daughter Diane’s home, sharing her life with many wonderful friends.

Three and a half years ago she moved to Cheney, Kan., and in February 2011 she moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where she lived at Cobblestone Manor.

Each place she lived, she continued her love of flowers and gardening. In September of 2011, she fell and broke her hip and her health continued to deteriorate from that point on. Enid had a great love of flowers and all living things. Every place that she lived, she had a large room or rooms for indoor plants and flowers. The outdoors always had an elaborate display of flowers, special planters and yard art.

Enid was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Margery Barington; John Ellingson; Harlan Hood; and her daughter, Diane McGee.

She is survived by her son, Jim Ellingson and family of Fort Worth; daughter, Lori Alexander and family of Carrollton; son, Mike Ellingson and family of Goddard, Kan.; grandchildren, Shaylah and Raini of Fort Worth and Eann, Evan and Ethan of Goddard; and great-grandchildren, Treyten, Tyler, Nia, Jordan, Lainey and Cayn of Fort Worth.

She loved being around her grandchildren and loved having them visit and seeing them at their varied activities. She never met a stranger. All that knew her loved her. Enid will be deeply missed.

A family memorial service to celebrate her life will be held July 1 at a later-named place in Fort Worth.