Iris Hoopes, 87, passed away Aug. 12, 2008. Survived by her children, Lynne L. Bacon-Applegate of Florence, Colo., Sandra S. Mitchell of Pueblo and Richard L. 'Dick' Hoopes of Pueblo; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Lynn R. Hoopes on June 16, 1993. Iris was born to Myrtle E. (Maiden name: Hodson) and A.C. Gangloff on Jan. 30, 1921, in Protection, Kans. Iris had a 'can-do'attitude. While her husband was overseas, during WWII, Iris answered President Roosevelt's call for women to become involved in the war effort. She and her young daughter moved to Seattle, Wash. to work in the shipyards where she became a Master Welder. When she returned to Pueblo, she continued her devotion to her country by driving ammunition trucks and chauffeuring military personnel to Colorado Springs. When her husband returned from the war, they worked together, hand-in-hand, at their sawmill business. Eventually, along with Marge and Tom Gunter, she owned and managed Inch By Inch, a fitness salon. Music and her church, First Friends Church, were also an important part of her life. She trained musicians in the church's congregation and family members. Iris was wise, gracious, witty and fun. She never criticized; instead encouraged people. She liked everyone and everyone who knew her liked her as well. She will be sadly missed. Viewing, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private graveside service at Imperial Memorial Gardens, followed by a memorial service, 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. The service will be officiated by Pastor Mark Hecht of Free Methodist Church. Reception to follow in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. Online condolences,

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  1. CandleImageHello,
    I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. I didn’t know where to search for family. I am Robyn(Weaver) Fisher
    Nancy (gangloff) Weaver daughter. I hope to get in touch with our grandparents family. I hope you all are doing well. I remember visiting with Uncle Al and Aunt Myrtle and seeing your mom. My number is 956-221-2446 and I live in Melissa Texas. After we lost my mom Nancy Gangloff in December 28, 2006, we have not had any way to contact with her family. I miss my mom and Grandparents very much. Hope you all are doing well.
    Robyn and Cristy Weaver ( Nancy Gangloff’s daughters- Louie Gangloff’s Granddaughters.

  2. Dick and Family :
    Sorry for your loss, Iris was just one really neat lady. You are all in our prayers.

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