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Erin Leslie Hook, 20, St. Joseph, MO

Erin Leslie Hook, 20, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, near Clinton, Mo as the result of an auto accident.

Erin Leslie Hook was born on March 30, 1993 to Ron L. and Leslie Robin Hook of St. Joseph and died unexpectedly on March 1, 2014 due to an auto accident.

Erin was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Gene Hook and is survived by her parents, Ron and Robin, her brother and his wife, Ryan and Sydni Hook, her maternal grandparents, Dick and Joann Humphrey, her paternal grandmother, Mary Hook, and aunts and uncles, Mark and Gayle Babcock, Neal and Diane Hook, Bruce and Karen Humphrey, Doug and Virginia Humphrey, her cousins Gina Babcock, Jayme and Caleb Gudde, Josh and Erica Babcock, Jake Humphrey, Steph Humphrey, Brittany Hanning, Dalton Humphrey and Drake Humphrey.

Erin’s passion in life was teaching. She was to graduate in May 2014 with a bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Her love of children was obvious to everyone. Erin had just started her student teaching with first graders at Ridgeview Elementary School in Warrensburg. Erin lived every day to the absolute fullest. While in high school at St. Joseph Christian, she lettered in volleyball, basketball and track, was a cheerleader, was involved in the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and junior class treasurer. During her senior year, she was the St. Joseph Christian nominee for the YWCA’s Women of Excellence, Emerging Leader category, and graduated at the top of her class.

After high school Erin decided to attend the University of Central Missouri and to pledge Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. She immediately joined many of her sorority’s committees, including the Risk Management Committee, Social Committee, Alumni Committee and the Sisterhood Committee. She served on the Executive Board and helped organize the “Big Pink” volleyball tournament that raised thousands of dollars for the Susan G. Komen and Johnson County Cancer Foundations. She thoroughly enjoyed participating in intramural sports on campus.

Erin completed her coursework for her degree in elementary education in three years. She was as intense about her school work as she was about being involved on campus. She was a member of the Rho Lambda Sorority Honor Society, the Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honors Fraternity, Gamma Chi Sorority Recruitment Counselor and would have graduated with a 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. Erin substitute taught for the Warrensburg School District three days a week in her Fall semester 2013. She was on the Dean’s list for four semesters. Erin’s peers in education thought very highly of her and elected her as Treasurer of the Student Missouri State Teacher’s Association. Erin was a member of the King Hill Christian Church and was baptized on Christmas Eve 2003. Erin had a strong faith in the Lord and led a Christ centered life every day, standing firm in her beliefs. She was very active in her church as a deaconess, Sunday School and bible school teacher. She spearheaded and organized a mission trip for disaster relief in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011 and a mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, where they repaired and painted buildings, and held bible school for one week in 2013. Erin had great compassion for all of the children she met while there. Erin’s smile and energy were infectious. She was a good friend, cared about others and because of her excitement, her optimism spilled over into the lives of others, encouraging them to be positive in all things.

Erin had an enthusiasm for learning, a spunky sense of humor, an outgoing personality, and most of all a laugh that you couldn’t forget. Erin’s motto in life was to “Live with a Purpose” which she exhibited every day.

Erin loved her pets, Cal, Jeter and Josey, and her cat, Destiny. She loved being crafty and inventive, qualities that also made her a good teacher. Her family was very important to her, and she loved spending time with them, vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks, Bella Vista, and at family gatherings. Her family and friends loved her very much and will miss her dearly.

Funeral Service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 at King Hill Christian Church with Pastor James Sones officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at King Hill Christian Church.

Donations may be made to King Hill Christian Church to fund a teaching scholarship in her honor.

Services are under direction of Clark-Sampson Funeral Home.

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