Alys Eilene (Wisner) Hoover

Alys Eilene (Wisner) Hoover went to be with the Lord she loved on September 21, 2022, at the age of 95. She was born at home on her family farm on January 9, 1927, to Joseph Cecil Wisner and Bertha Eva (Gibney) Wisner. The family moved during her childhood to Fremont, Indiana; Montgomery, Michigan, then Eden, Ohio where she graduated from high school. She graduated College from Western Michigan University with an Associate’s degree in Business, belonged to Alpha Beta Epsilon and Sigma Tau Chi Honorary Business Fraternity and played saxophone in the band. Moving to the Lansing area in the 1950’s, she worked for MSU for the State Soil Conservation Committee. She married Clarence R. Hoover in 1956. She was a stay-at-home mom to Debra until she reached high school, volunteering as a Camp Fire Girls leader, and Girl Scout leader. They moved to Eaton Rapids in 60’s, where she lived an active full life. She returned to work for the State of Michigan where she worked for the Department of Corrections until her retirement in 1986. Two months after retirement, Alys lost her husband. The death of her husband was a turning point in her life, and she decided to dedicate her life to serving the community, church, and travel. Alys volunteered for Red Cross Blood Drive, Eaton Rapids Medical Center Gift Shop for 27 years, at the Lansing Art Gallery, Boarshead Theater, Eaton County Jail, Eaton Rapids Middle School ‘Reality Store’, tutored Northwestern Elementary first grade readers, local and statewide Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, and Eaton Rapids Planning Commission. Additionally, she volunteered at her church, First United Methodist Church of Eaton Rapids, visiting shut ins, teaching PreK Sunday school, working in the nursey, rummage sales, and funeral dinners. Alys joined a Christian Mime Clown group and from then on, she was known as Ally Oops the clown for 22 years. As a clown she enjoyed volunteering at the Hanneford, and Barnum & Bailey circuses, birthday parties, parades, and meet-and-greets. She was an active member of many community organizations such as Michigan Business and Professional Woman, Red Hatters, State Employees Retirement Association, Eaton County Family Community Education, Eaton Rapids Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Circus Clown Alley #155, Eaton Rapids Methodist Church, Local United Methodist Woman (Secretary and President), and Lansing District United Methodist Woman (14 years). Alys was lifelong learner taking additional classes at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University throughout her life. She enjoyed attending Elderhostels (33) and traveled with friends through Europe, Russia, Canada, and all 50 United States. She was a strong supporter of the Arts, attending several Wharton Center performances annually. As part of her “many random acts of kindness mission,” she took many friends and family to art inspired events such as plays, musicals, ballet, and many other events like this. She deeply cherished time spent with friends and family, keeping up with everyone’s life events.
Alys was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1986; sisters, Mary Louise Richards, and Jean Todd in 2015; granddaughter, Emily Salisbury; stepson, Rex Hoover of DeWitt. She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Mark) Salisbury of Eaton Rapids; stepdaughter, Carolyn (Billy) Crego; eight grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids. Donations may be made to Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Helping Hands, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. To leave condolences for the family, please visit our website,